For years, you and your spouse may have lived the American dream. You worked hard, bought a starter home, and, eventually, upgraded to your forever home. You raised your kids and enjoyed being empty nesters once they were finally out on their own. Retirement has been fantastic, but aging does have its impacts. Has the time come to start thinking about assisted living? Let us talk about some clues that it may be time to transition to assisted living.
While no one really likes doing household chores, especially as they get older, putting them off more frequently than usual may be a clue that a move to assisted living is in order. The same can be said about outdoor maintenance. Raking leaves, mowing the lawn, and snow removal are physically demanding activities. Hiring someone else to do any or all of these tasks can be expensive. If yard work is no longer manageable, the two of you may want to consider a transition to assisted living.
It may also be time to consider a transition to assisted living if you no longer have family or friends nearby. Think about whether your friends and neighbors have already moved elsewhere, and your family does not live nearby. Consider the fact that you may no longer drive and you miss socializing and engaging in activities that you once enjoyed. Left unchecked, these things could lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation, and, perhaps, even depression. This, in turn, could also exacerbate any physical ailments. Even if neither of you needs a great deal of help or supervision, an assisted living facility may offer the opportunities to socialize that you have been missing. It may also offer amenities and activities for residents that you would enjoy.
Another big clue that it may be time to move to an assisted living facility is if you no longer feel safe living independently. There may be many reasons that you, as a couple, may start to feel unsafe living on your own. You may feel unsafe if your home is not equipped for aging in place or you have not created an emergency plan. You may also start to feel unsafe if one of you or both of you forget to turn off the stove after cooking or have trouble using household appliances.
These are just some of the warning signs that may prompt a transition to assisted living. Talking with an experienced elder law attorney may be helpful as you prepare for this significant change. You are welcome to call our law firm to schedule an appointment any time.