Is It Time to Make the Move to Assisted Senior Care?

Is It Time to Make the Move to Assisted Senior Care?

When you’re concerned about your older loved one living alone, moving them into an assisted senior care community is certainly an option to ensure a more secure lifestyle. However, making the move to a senior living community isn’t a decision to take lightly. It takes serious consideration to know what way of life is best for your loved one.

“It’s often a senior’s adult children who initiate the move to an assisted senior care community,” says Polly West, Executive Director at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods, a Christian Care Community in Nicholasville, KY. “But it can be hard sometimes to know whether you’re doing the right thing for your loved one. No one wants to ask their parent to leave their home and change their lifestyle, yet no one wants their parent to struggle on their own or, heaven forbid, suffer an injury or illness due to a lack of support. When you’re trying to decide what’s best for your loved one, take the time to carefully evaluate your loved one’s current lifestyle to determine whether it’s time for a change.” 

Determine Whether the Time Is Right for a Move

“Everyone’s situation is unique,” says West, “and there’s no singular set of criteria that means it’s time for a move to assisted senior care. What’s right for you and your loved one will depend on their health and resources.

“However, asking yourself some questions about your loved one’s current living situation – and answering them honestly – can help you gauge whether or not moving to assisted senior care should be in your loved one’s future.” 

The senior living experts at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods have spoken with dozens of families about their loved one’s need for professional care in a community setting. While each family had their own story, the reasons at the heart of their decision for moving were often similar. 

Ask yourself these questions when deciding if it’s time for your loved one to make the move to assisted senior care: 

1. Is my loved one unsafe at home?

Are they at risk of harming themselves by falling, driving or using dangerous household appliances? Are you concerned about your loved one’s vulnerability to a severe household emergency? 

2. Is my loved one’s health at risk?

Does their limited mobility make it hard for them to manage their own self-care? Are they eating well? Do they have a health condition that is progressive or requires extensive care (such as injections or monitoring) that they can no longer handle on their own?

3. Are my loved one’s needs beyond my abilities?

Has your loved one’s condition made them increasingly dependent on you for help with daily living activities, such as eating, dressing and bathing? Do they demand more of your time than you are able to give? Are you able to move them into your own home? Would they have a higher quality of life if they were under the care of professionals within an assisted senior care community?

4. Am I becoming stressed, irritable and impatient with them?

Are you feeling depressed or hopeless or having trouble sleeping? Are you neglecting your work, family or your own health? If you are the primary caregiver for your loved one, you may suffer from increased physical and emotional health risks, including depression, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, brought on by the stress and exhaustion of caring for you loved one.

5. Is my loved one’s lifestyle limited at home?

Is your loved one isolated from others or frequently bored? Does their current lifestyle seem to negatively affect their emotional health? Do the advantages of an assisted senior care community exceed the lifestyle your loved has currently? Would they benefit from the social interactions, activities, amenities and dining services offered at a community? Do you think they could experience better health, safety and happiness surrounded by trained caregivers and their peers?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may mean that a move to professional care is in your loved one’s best interests. If you haven’t brought up the subject of senior living with your loved one yet, consider having a conversation with them soon about the possibility of moving to an assisted senior care community.

Approach this conversation respectfully and without pressure, especially if you think your loved one might respond negatively to the idea of moving. Reassure your loved one that you have their best interests at heart and that you want what’s best for them. This may be the first of many conversations about senior living, but it’s important to involve your loved one in the decision-making process. It’s their life, after all! Plus, it’s never too early to talk about future care plans, while failing to discuss them could lead to hasty, unfavorable decisions later on if an illness or injury suddenly makes a move necessary. 

Assisted Senior Care at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods

If you could use some guidance on deciding whether it’s time for your loved one to move to a senior living community, the experts at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods can help. From helping you know when the time is right for a move to having hard conversations with your loved one about their care needs, we have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the entire transition to community life.

“If you decide that moving to assisted senior care is ideal for your loved one, Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods offers individualized assisted senior care and memory care in our homelike community. We take a personal approach to senior living, getting to know each of our residents as if they were family.

“Call us today to learn more about our services and lifestyle that help seniors thrive.”

Live Life to the Fullest at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods 

Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods is a Christian Care Community offering assisted senior care, memory care and adult day services. Located in Brannon Crossing, one of central Kentucky’s most desirable areas, Bridgepointe was designed to help families grow closer as they grow older. 

At Bridgepointe, residents enjoy the privacy and dignity of living in their own apartment as well as the peace of mind that comes from the support and assistance of a special team of caregivers. In short, we help our residents live life to its fullest.

Our community is designed to promote activity, interaction, socialization and enjoyment. We offer a variety of engaging activities daily, from yoga and tai chi to gardening and arts and crafts. At Bridgepointe, there’s never a dull moment and always something to do! 

Discover a rich and fulfilling lifestyle combined with personalized care and support delivered by a team of experienced professionals … all within a secure, elegantly appointed community. 

We invite you to visit today and discover how Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods can change your life for the better

To learn more, contact us today!