Are you or a loved one planning on moving into an assisted living San Jose care home? Here are some of the most common things to look out for when deciding whether you or a loved one should move into such a facility:
- You suffer from frequent bruising due to falls, or you notice bruises on your loved one (your friend or parent with the bruises may try to cover them up so that they don’t worry you). Unexplained and frequent bruises are most often a sign of mobility and balance issues.
- You or your loved one is wearing the same clothes a lot, or they fail to take proper care of their hygiene. This may mean that both doing laundry and bathing is too difficult for them to do themselves, so they may require the help that is available in assisted living San Jose care homes
- The fridge in the home is constantly empty, or if it is full, the food is spoiled. This is often a sign that you or your loved one can’t make it out to go shopping, or that cooking has become too difficult of a task for them. Also look for any notable weight loss.
- The house and/or yard isn’t clean and neat (when it used to be)
- You or your loved one is forgetful. They may be forgetting appointments, or to take their medication, or to even feed themselves when they should.
- You or your loved one feels depressed. This is a sign of isolation and loneliness
- You or your loved one is exhibiting bizarre behavior. This is often a sign of some sort of mental issue, such as confusion
The first thing that you have to do when broaching the topic of moving a loved one to an assisted living San Jose care home is to remain receptive to their feelings. Understand that suggesting such a thing may make them feel anger, powerlessness, grief, or even guilt. Allow them to express these feelings and don’t push the topic. Invite them to come and view the assisted living San Jose care homes with you, or leave brochures at their home.
When your parent, friend, or loved one does seem to at least be willing to speak about the idea, reinforce the positives for moving (i.e. meals are prepared for, medication is given on time every day, around the clock medical staff, etc.) and, if the assisted living San Jose care home allows it, tell your loved one that they will be able to bring personal items with them to their new living quarters. Again, keep in mind that what you are telling your loved one is that they are going to be leaving the comfort of a home that they may have spent the last 50 years or even more living in, and that in itself is a tragic loss.
Once your loved one moves, it may take a while for him or her to adjust, but eventually they will come to love their assisted living San Jose care home.