Transitioning to this stage of life may also include relocating from a family home, and there are many options available. Choosing a new living situation requires taking stock of current physical and mental capabilities, and planning for the stresses and changes of continued aging.
It’s important to have the discussion surrounding geriatric, or elder, care as early as possible. Planning makes things go smoother than the burden of crisis-driven decision making. So, what are the signs that it is the right time to start thinking about these decisions seriously?
Caryn Utberg, a professional care manager and owner of Senior Care Management Associates, noted changes in a person’s physical function or mental status may indicate it is time to consider new living situations.
“Poor hygiene, neglecting household responsibilities,” she pointed out. “One thing we see a lot is, if we see a person who’s been on medication and they forget to take it, or they have trouble remembering the names of medications and why they are taking them.”