When Is the Right Time to Make the Move to Personal Care?

Today, more Americans are discovering that personal care communities – also referred to as assisted living – offer the perfect blend of an independent lifestyle and just the right amount and type of support they need. In fact, because of the numerous benefits and advantages personal care living offers, it is the most preferred and fastest growing long-term care living option for senior adults today.

When Is the Right Time to Make a Move?

Despite the important advantages of an independent lifestyle with the needed support, it can still be emotionally difficult for a loved one to make the move from a home filled with a lifetime of memories. However, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) and various medical experts, there are certain telltale signs and situations that suggest it is clearly time to consider a supportive personal care living arrangement.

Specifically, senior adults, their adult children and other family members should consider a supportive living option when it becomes difficult for the loved one to perform the basic activities of daily living (ADLs) without special support, which can place their health and safety in jeopardy.

Important Signs That Highlight the Need for Additional Assistance

To assist families in making these decisions, ALFA and other knowledgeable resources provide the following list of signs and indicators that demonstrate a loved one’s need for additional support in order to maintain their safety and overall well-being:

  • Accidents – Falls and balance issues; difficulty walking or going up and down stairs
  • Appearance – Difficulty bathing or doing laundry; poor hygiene or grooming
  • Forgetfulness – Forgetting appointments, medications, important dates or events
  • Nutrition – Poor eating habits and weight loss; declining interest in cooking
  • Socialization – Less time spent with friends;loneliness, boredom and depression
  • Home Maintenance – Unkept house or yard; papers, dishes and trash piling up
  • Transportation – Declining driving skills; no access to transportation
  • Living Space Utilization – How much of their home do they really use?
  • Financial – More difficulty managing household expenses; bills piling up

Considering these important indicators can help you make the right decisions for your loved one and their future health.

In discussing a move to a personal care community, experts tell us that it is important to acknowledge the loved one’s need for independence and control, while also addressing the practical realities of protecting their health and safety. During this time it is very important that they understand that you want to do the right thing for them as they age, and that you also want them to be part of the decision-making process.

Personal Care Promotes Your Independence While Supporting Your Needs

According to the ALFA, residential personal care or assisted living combines housing, support services, dining, social activities, amenities and health care as required to provide a safe and satisfying living experience. Personal care is designed specifically for individuals who require assistance with life’s everyday activities or “activities of daily living” (ADLs). Typically, these services include assistance with bathing, dressing, transportation, meal preparation and medication management.

Some individuals may also require help with mobility, incontinence or other difficulties and limitations. Personal care residents are typically assessed by professionals upon arrival to a residential community as well as any time there is a change in their condition.

Leading personal care communities such as Bryn Mawr Terrace use personalized evaluations to create highly individualized service plans that offer assistance that is unique for each individual resident.

At Bryn Mawr Terrace, we offer the ideal solution for those who need some assistance to remain living independently. We provide the best in responsive personal care services, including help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and medication reminders.

For each of our residents, we develop a customized plan of assistance to help them maintain their independence for as long as possible. Our residents also benefit from around-the-clock staffing and access to on-site healthcare services.

In addition to the personal assistance they need, our residents enjoy the comfort and privacy of fully furnished suites within a separate residential area. Access to all of the community amenities and extensive life enrichment programs, as well as the outstanding dining experience at Bryn Mawr Terrace, creates a pleasing, worry-free lifestyle in the heart of the beautiful Main Line.

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A Healthy Tradition of Care and Wellness

There are times when the challenges associated with advanced age, a prolonged illness or a chronic condition make 24-hour care and support a necessity. At Bryn Mawr Terrace, we’re always here for you and your family. Our compassionate professional team treats our residents as family and respects their importance as individuals with their own unique life story.

We understand that each one of our residents has unique needs and desires, so we deliver personalized care and services tailored to each individual. The amenities and activities offered within our community are designed to keep our residents happy, fulfilled and living well. From delicious dining to a variety of social programming, we offer a lifestyle that’s meant to be lived!

Located near Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr Terrace – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has provided exceptional care and services to seniors and their families since 1966. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue.

Today, Bryn Mawr Terrace serves as a Continuing Care Retirement Community, offering a range of services, including short-term rehabilitationtraditional nursing careindependent living, personal carememory carerestorative care and respite care – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing. For more information on Bryn Mawr Terrace and our variety of needs-based lifestyle services, please call us at (610) 525-8300 or contact us online.

Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Saunders House/Bryn Mawr Terrace and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.

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