Signs it May be Time to Consider Assisted Living

Wondering when it is best to move your loved-one into assisted living? Here are some signs you should look out for.

As we age, it can become increasingly difficult to live fully independently. Here are some indicators that assisted living may need to be considered:

  • Safety risks at home: hazards like scattered clutter and mobility issues on stairs.
  • Difficulty with daily activities: unable to cook meals safely, do housework, manage medication or handle financial tasks.
  • Mobility challenges: use of a walker, weakness, difficulty boarding public transit or driving.
  • Care needs increasing: help required with bathing, getting dressed, using the bathroom or managing incontinence.
  • Isolation/loneliness: living alone with limited socialization or family nearby for regular visits and support.
  • Declining health: multiple chronic conditions, frequent hospital/doctor visits, needing daily home care help.
  • Forgetfulness increases trouble recalling information, handling bills, appointments or following routines.
  • Lack of stimulation: early stages of memory impairment but still enjoy social activities.

Assisted living provides elders independence along with help managing daily activities and health needs. Community living and programming also combat isolation. Discussing options early allows time to research facilities that meet individual needs and budgets. Quality of life should remain the priority as care requirements increase.