Keep An Eye Out – Signs The House Is Too Much Work
Home maintenance can be overwhelming at every stage of life. From mowing the grass, small repairs and regular cleaning, a home can be a large undertaking. As your parents age it is important to recognize signs that home maintenance may be becoming too much work. Here we offer a few signs that a move to independent living may be the right next step.
Changes in Mobility
Your parents’ mobility may be more limited as they age. They may no longer be able to spend hours in the garden because of back pain, clean due to fatigue, or exercise regularly out of fear of falling. These are physical changes that need to be monitored closely to make certain your parents’ well-being is not suffering as a result.
Along with general discomfort and the inability to continue doing the activities they love, here are a few signs that your parents could benefit from a change.
- Broken appliances
- Spoiled or expired groceries that don’t get thrown away
- A cluttered, dirty or disorganized house
- Trouble getting up from a seated position
- Unexplained bruising
- Difficulty driving
Any of these sound familiar? If so, it may be time to consider a senior living option, which will allow your parents to remain independent without the hassle of home maintenance.
At New Pond Village, residents are able to enjoy a carefree lifestyle. Instead of spending hours maintaining their homes they have time to participate in the activities they love and the opportunity to explore new passions.
Beyond maintaining a home, living alone or without the support of neighbors, can put a strain on your parent’s social well-being. A network of support can help your parents have a sense of belonging, build better self-esteem, and live purposefully.
To measure your parent’s social well-being, regularly speak with them about their activities and involvement. If your parents are defensive when you ask about their day-to-day routine, reluctant to list out the activities they participate in, or are unwilling to share the names of the people they spend time with, this may be an area of concern.
Socialization is important for your parents to live their best lives. Residents of New Pond Village have the opportunity to participate in as many life enrichment activities as are offered each day. Our full-time activities program director uses resident hobbies and interests to create a full calendar of programs that nurture the body, mind and spirit.
If you think your parent’s lives could improve by leaving the frustrations of home maintenance and filling their social calendars behind, reach out to us at New Pond Village. We are happy to give you more information on our community and explain what it means to have a carefree lifestyle.
You'll love it here – our residents do.