Seasons Ontario Magazine

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1) Kitchen Check the fridge for spoiled food, or evidence of fresh food from a recent trip to the grocery store. Is your loved one living on tea and frozen or processed food? 2) Washroom Has your loved one stopped bathing? Did they once take pride in their appearance, and now it seems they don’t care? Take a look around. If there are spills on the floor it could mean your loved one isn’t reaching the bathroom in time. 3) Bedroom Do you have concerns about correct medication use? Have pills been left in the blister pack, or are medications laying on the floor? 4) Living Room Aside from watching TV, how else is your loved one staying busy? 5) Dining Room If there are bills and newspapers making the house look cluttered, it could mean your loved one is having trouble keeping up with the housework. 6) Stairs Does your loved one stick to one floor of the house? This could be because they feel they can’t manage the stairs, or they could be afraid of falling. 7) Laundry Room Is the laundry piling up? Does your loved one complain that she doesn’t have any clean clothes? Household chores are tiresome and washing machines in the basement can be tough to access. 8) Yard Are the gardens and lawn looking as good as they once did? Yard work is strenuous. Your loved one might need a helping hand to keep the yard looking neat. 9) Garage Has your loved one lost their driver’s licence? This can limit their independence, as they will need to depend on others to run errands and get to appointments.

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A move to Seasons means you no longer need to worry about cooking meals, cleaning and taking care of a house, or figuring out how to get to the grocery store or doctor’s appointments—we happily take care of all that. Making this decision sooner means more time spent enjoying yourself! Concerned about a loved one? There are some signs that your loved one may be struggling to live at home alone. Changes in physical appearance and mood, as well as changes in their surroundings, are indicators that they may need assistance. For example, maybe

your dad used to take pride in his home, but now you're seeing signs of neglect and disrepair. This could signal a larger issue at hand. Take a look at this infographic and ask yourself some of these questions the next time you pay a visit to your loved one. If you notice any of these changes or others in your loved one's routine, it may be time to discuss retirement living. Our teams often hear from residents that they “wish they made this decision sooner!” and they are happy to help you or a loved one make this same decision if and when it’s right.

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