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How to know when a lifestyle change Is needed

Humans beings are creatures of habit and comfort. From our daily routine to our social circles to our living spaces, many of us tend to thrive when operating from a place of familiarity. This gets tricky as we age and our needs and abilities change. If we hold onto certain habits and spaces, our well-being and quality of life can deteriorate.

Taking a leap and shifting into a new way of life can be overwhelming, but in certain situations, people come out on the other side and realize that it was the best thing that could have possibly happened to them.

In the circumstance of a loved one growing older and possibly moving to a senior living community, becoming informed about the signs that a change is needed can help everyone feel confident in the decision-making process.

When considering whether a parent needs a lifestyle change, take note of the following issues that may be hampering daily life:

  • Social isolation:Oftentimes, an aging individual may not experience enough interaction with friends and family on a daily basis, which can lead to depression and a decline of mental state.


  • Injuries incurred at home:If you notice bumps and bruises, they may be evidence of falls and other injuries sustained due to a deterioration of balance and physical ability in general.


  • Difficulty with daily tasks:Often, seniors can struggle to cook meals, complete light housework, and/or dress themselves. This can be cause for concern as it increases the chances of a fall or other serious accident in the future.


  • Transportation issues: Perhaps a mom’s vision has deteriorated, or maybe memory loss has her children worrying that she will get lost en route to the store. Whatever it is, if seniors lacks the ability to get themselves to places to access things they need, it may be worth looking at senior living community options where all resources are accessible and transportation to stores, church, and entertainment options are provided to residents.

When seniors or their family members look at specific issues that might threaten safety and quality of life, they often realize that a change is needed. The next question may be whether independent living or assisted living is the better fit for their unique needs. Keep reading below to learn more.

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living

It’s helpful to know the distinguishing factors between these two options–both of which are extremely helpful to residents that choose to relocate to relevant communities.

Independent living is a good option for seniors who…

  • Need minimal help with daily tasks.


  • Want to live somewhere that provides meals, transportation, and recreational options, and want a residence that requires little to no upkeep.


  • Are looking to experience social activities with fellow residents.

Assisted living is a good option for seniors who:

  • Desire or need others’ help with a host of daily activities, such as meal preparation and short- or long-distance transportation.


  • Feel comfortable with 24-hour support and access to care, without the round-the-clock medical care and supervisions associated with skilled nursing.