The consequences of delayed residence moves

Jan 13, 2023Moving elderly person0 comments

Thanks to the quality of health care, people live long and old to the point of losing their autonomy. Therefore, they must be assisted or placed in a residence for the elderly. Unfortunately, if this is delayed, dramatic consequences could occur. An expert from Déménage Montréal gives you here some consequences of the delayed move to a residence for retired people.

Delay in moving to residence: the consequences

A delay in moving seniors to a residence has various consequences for the person concerned.

Instability due to lack of residence space

In public residences, places are often very limited and highly regulated. Every retiree wants to spend their old age in a residence near their home. This reduces the risk of being disoriented. Unfortunately, when the retiree does not plan for retirement or does not go at the right time, he finds himself being placed in a residence far from home.

At Déménage Montréal, we have witnessed worse situations than this. Indeed, we have come across elderly people who have had to change residences 3 times in the space of 2 years. These seniors have gone through a difficult process of “transiting” housing. This is not suitable for grandparents. It should be noted that none of these “assessment and orientation” residences were close to their original home or that of a family member.

In the opinion of governments, Quebec’s public health system is making every effort to meet the needs of seniors. Unfortunately, in a context of shortage of places in residences, families must plan for their old age.

Deterioration of the retiree’s health

Generally in Quebec, seniors do not have a family member willing to take care of them. There are many reasons for this. When a retired person finds himself in this condition, he gradually loses his autonomy. His health deteriorated over time and he eventually lost all ability to satisfy his own needs.

In the worst cases, the elderly person ends up feeling unwell and dying alone in his house. In less dramatic cases, the grandparent has the presence of mind to contact the CLSC for the purpose of being placed in a residence. A procedure will then begin that will last several months during which the living conditions of the elderly person deteriorate to the point that he is hospitalized. Planning would certainly have avoided all these situations.

Couples forced to be separated

Sometimes a couple of grandparents are forced to be separated and one ends up in a residence while the other stays at home. Although rare, sometimes both are even placed in separate residences due to lack of places to accommodate them at the same time. In any case, a delay in moving seniors or a lack of planning can force couples to separate.

Some signs of the need to move into a residence

The first sign that you need to go to or move to a residence is the loss of autonomy. This is manifested by the unsanitary conditions that reign in the home of the elderly person. You could take care of it or entrust this task to maintenance professionals. However, if this is not possible, you must place the grandparent in question in residence. The loss of autonomy is also:

  • Difficult travel;
  • Poor food hygiene;
  • Poor personal hygiene;
  • Incontinence;
  • Cognitive or physical limitations when dressing;
  • Etc.

The second sign is the deterioration of the physical or mental health of the elderly person. With planning, the residency move will go very well, no matter when the signs are revealed. Our company Déménage Montréal accompanies you every step of the way.