In our assisted living neighborhood, Melody Living welcomes small pets like cats and dogs with open arms. These pets make the move into a senior living community a lot more comfortable for many residents with fur babies. Having a pet in a new environment can create a sense of peace, familiarity, and duty. Pets also are great for residents who may live alone as that little extra sense of company can make all of the difference in their day.
It’s hard to know exactly when the time is right to move into an assisted living community because everyone’s needs and circumstances are different and unique to them. However, there are a few indicators that might help you and your loved one determine when the time is right.
One factor to consider involves physical changes that become more noticeable. Does your loved one struggle to complete daily chores on their own? Are household maintenance tasks piling up and becoming more difficult to manage? Has your loved one recently experienced an injury that limits their physical ability to comfortably get around? All of these are important factors to consider when moving into an assisted living community.
Staying active at any age is important to one’s overall health. As we age, however, this becomes a bit more challenging. Our bodies can become more susceptible to injury from conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis and the general changes that come along with aging. Therefore, although physical wellness is critical for maintaining overall wellness, it really should be done with the supervision and support of expert caregivers as we age.