10 Signs that it is Time to Move into a Continuing Care Retirement Community
The decision to move into a retirement community is never easy. However the time may come when it is a necessary move for the health and well-being of you or a loved one. Keeping in mind that it is always better to be pro-active than reactive, here are ten tell-tale signs that could help determine whether or not additional care is required.
- Increased Difficulty Managing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): Has shopping, dressing, cooking, laundry, managing medications and other normal daily tasks become painful or challenging?
- Recent Accidents or Close Calls: Did a recent fall and/or accident occur or almost occur which resulted in a fear of living alone?
- Driving: Are you or a loved one putting others at risk while driving? Driving equals independence, so this is an extremely sensitive subject. At VOTI, we recognize this fact and understand the importance of independence. Therefore, transportation is provided for both our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing residents in Venice, FL.
- Feelings of Isolation and Depression: Is there a lack of social interaction? Unfortunately, there often comes a time when friends have either moved or passed away. The lack of companionship is devastating and can cause both emotional and physical stress. Our continuing care retirement community offers many group activities and opportunities for social interaction on a daily basis.
- Spouse Needs Additional Care: Has the responsibility of being a caretaker for your spouse become overwhelming?
- Issues with Memory Loss: Are you or a loved one becoming more and more forgetful? This is a potentially dangerous situation as memory loss can result in safety hazards at home, i.e. forgetting to turn off the stove, leaving a candle lit, or forgetting to take important medications.
- Changes in Appearance and Hygiene: Have you or a loved one lost or gained a significant amount of weight due to poor diet and nutrition? Other signs to look out for are body odor, dirty clothes, unbuttoned shirts or pants, an unshaved face, or the general lack of attention to one’s appearance.
- Decreased Strength and Stature: Do you or a loved one have difficulty getting in and out of chairs? Is balance becoming an issue where falls have been more frequent?
- Poor Financial Decisions: Have you or a loved one fallen victim to a scam or have difficulty managing bills or balancing a checkbook?
- Plans for the Future: Are you or a loved one making important decisions about future long-term needs but do not need that level of care just yet? If this is the case, consider a continuing care retirement community that starts with Senior Independent Living. As needs progress, so will the level of care.
If you are interested in touring Venice’s only faith based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Skilled Nursing facilities in Venice, FL, please give us a call at 941-484-9753.
For more information on the benefits of a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) click here.