Signs That It Might Be Time To Move Into a Retirement Home


by Matt Del Vecchio

It’s not easy to admit that one is getting older, especially when your body and your mind are not what they used to be.  Moving a family member into a senior care residence is never a simple decision. It may not be easy to broach the subject with your loved ones. In fact, they may be resistant to moving and they may fear losing their independence.

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However, here are some of the more popular reasons why people are choosing to move from home into a retirement residence:

  1. Physical Challenges
    Are stairs becoming too difficult to navigate due to mobility issues? Is there an increased loss of sight or hearing, loss of balance, stroke, disease. or physical conditions, such as arthritis and osteoporosis.
  2. Cognitive Issues
    If a loved one exhibits confusion, poor judgment, not managing meds well or other signs of cognitive impairment, assisted living is often a good next step.
  3. Stressed Caregivers
    Caregivers can sometimes burn out and reach their breaking point. They can experience symptoms like disabling anxiety, hyper-vigilance and more. The emotional, mental and physical toll of caregiving can be particularly pronounced for adult children or spouses of those who need care.
  4. Safer Environment
    This is a common reason why families consider a move especially if there is an increased risk of falls.
  5. Isolation and Loneliness
    One of the biggest benefits of senior living communities is the social aspect. Physical and cognitive stimulation are keys to improving health and wellness.

Helping your loved ones to recognize the signs of when it is time to move, having an open dialogue with the family members involved and taking the time to discuss the options will go a long way in making the transition to senior care residence more agreeable for everyone.

Matt Del Vecchio is the founder and president of Lianas Services.  He is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA).  Matt and the Lianas Senior Advisors provide a FREE service which assists families with retirement residence searches and transition support.  Matt can be reached at 514-622-8074