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Signs it's time to move to assisted living

Brought to you by Melody Heuer, Homewood Heights Assisted Living Community - ASSISTED LIVING INSIDER -

HOMEWOOD HEIGHTS - Melody HeuerDeciding to move to an assisted living community isn't always an easy decision, but it's better than leaving a problem unsolved. Here are five signs it's time to consider a new home at Homewood Heights.

Altered eating habits. Forgetting to eat or losing interest in food altogether are both signs of poor health. Alternatively, seniors with memory issues can overeat or repeat meals. A kitchen stocked with spoiled, half-eaten or expired food suggests a senior who can no longer manage their diet alone.

Antisocial behavior. Losing interest in friends, withdrawing from social situations or neglecting a previously cherished hobby may indicate depression, memory loss or a decline in cognitive abilities.

Worsening finances. A senior who forgets to pay bills (or pays them multiple times) may need help managing their household finances. Look for unwanted magazine subscriptions or donation solicitations that can easily drain a bank account. Scammers routinely target seniors as well.

Poor personal hygiene. Many seniors feel uncomfortable asking for help with personal hygiene. Bad odors, a disheveled appearance or indications of skipped showers and baths all suggest that a senior can no longer perform daily grooming tasks unaided.

Decline in safety. For a senior, a fall in the shower (and the subsequent hospitalization) can be a life-threatening injury. A senior who leaves the stove on or forgets how often to take their medication may need more daily help.

Homewood Heights Assisted Living Community

17999 SE River Road

Milwaukie, OR 97267

503-659-6600

www.prestigecare.com/location/homewood-heights-assisted-living-community