There is no one age or even age range that is considered right for assisted living. While assisted living is meant for seniors, age is not a defining factor in making the decision on whether or not assisted living is right for an elderly individual. This is because different people age differently and they have different needs and preferences.
Many “younger” seniors may also choose to move to an assisted living facility at a date sooner than some may expect. Though this may seem unusual to some people, more and more elderly people are deciding to move to these types of communities or facilities because they want to take advantage of certain amenities they have available.
When Is It Time To Move Into Assisted Living?
Regardless of age, there are a few very definite signs that indicate that assisted living may be the best option.
If you notice any of these signs in an elderly loved one, you know it’s time to talk to them about moving into an assisted living facility or community:
- Signs of dementia or early signs of Alzheimer’s – This includes, but is certainly not limited to, forgetting where they have put certain household objects, or driving and getting lost on a familiar route
- Uncontrolled aggression or anger – This may also be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s; it may also be referred to as “Sundowner’s Syndrome.”
- Major stroke or other major health threat – This is especially true if they are incapable of taking care of themselves or they need major medication
- Declining health – Assisted living facilities are staffed with medical and nutritional professionals who can help these people with medications, physical therapy, and making sure they eat well every day.
- Lack of personal hygiene or home upkeep – Some seniors may not be able to keep up with the demands that independent living may require, and this is especially true if they are in declining health or may be suffering from dementia.
- Loss of appetite – Loss of appetite is a natural part of aging but when a person loses all interest in cooking or eating healthy foods their health can deteriorate even faster than normal.
In an assisted facility, highly qualified staff members look after every aspect of the residents’ healthcare, from making sure they eat nutritious and take their medications on time to overseeing their personal hygiene and providing lots of social activities that benefit their mental health.
Making The Choice To Move Into Assisted Living Regardless Of Age
This may be surprising to some, but many people who retire are making the choice to move into assisted living facilities shortly after their retirement. This is because they enjoy the companionship, and the social activities that are integral in such communities. For some, the big draw is living around others in a similar age bracket with similar social interests and life experiences. Some seniors have even found love again, when they moved to an assisted living community after the death of a spouse or life partner.
Moving into an assisted living facility or community is considered more than just a convenience—for many modern seniors, it’s a whole new and healthy way to live and thrive.