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Tell tale signs a change may be needed

Sat, Jan 07 2012 12:00 PM Posted By: Special To The Star-news

Dear Jenny,

Well, the holidays have just past and I have noticed something different about my Aunt.  I think it might be time for her to move into a Senior Living Community.  But how can I tell?

When deciding whether to seek the care of a senior living community, consider these questions.

• How are they emotionally? Are there changes in their activity level and mood? Are they seeing friends and partaking in activities they have loved for years?

• Has there been significant weight loss?  Unexplained weight loss could indicate a major health problem.

• What shape is the home in? If the home is in need of repair and un-kept, these can be signs that more help is needed.

• Are they taking care of themselves physically? Look to see if they are keeping up with basic daily routines such as bathing, brushing teeth and wearing clean clothes.

• Are they having difficulty moving around their home? Having trouble walking or being unsteady on their feet puts them at risk for falling and injuring themselves.

• Are you noticing changes in their personality?  Memory loss, difficulty in performing familiar tasks, poor judgment, misplacing items, disorientation, rapid mood swings, increased apathy or passiveness are all early warning signs of Alzheimer’s. A doctor’s evaluation can help determine the cause and treatment of these symptoms.

It is important to understand the many choices that make up the new face of senior living in the 21st century. Here is a breakdown defining the differences in the level of senior living options offered.

In independent living communities, active older adults continue to enjoy private dwellings, control over their own schedules, and freedom to come and go as they choose. Social networking, optional events, special interest clubs, and conveniently located services may be offered onsite as well as medical, dietary and other assistance when needed.

An assisted living residence is a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services and health care designed to meet the needs — both scheduled and unscheduled — of those who need help with activities of daily living.

Specialized communities provide specially trained staffs, licensed nurses, secure facilities, and cognitive and physical therapies to help soothe and relieve those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

If you have questions about senior care or helping an elderly loved one, contact Jenny Wallis, Community Marketing Director at Villa Bonita Senior Living at 619-739-4400 or by e-mail at villabonitamkg2@islllc.com.  

Villa Bonita Senior Living is an Assisted Living Community licensed by the California Department of Social Services, located at 3434 Bonita Road, Chula Vista, CA  91910.  You can also visit Villa Bonita online at www.villabonitaseniorliving.com.


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