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Knowing The Right Time For Senior Assisted Living

Knowing the right time to consider assisted living for a loved one is often a difficult process. It can seem challenging to find trusted guidance, and family members often feel guilt or other strong emotions when thinking about the prospect of taking this step. We believe that providing people with information about a variety of considerations can help them make the best decision possible for their loved ones.

We’ve developed this short, 2 minute questionnaire to help provide basic information that can be helpful in understanding some of the general issues you may be facing and next steps you can take.

Physical and Cognitive/Memory Care

Injury Prevention

For Your Consideration

Based on your responses, here are some considerations you may want to review:

When considering physical care, it can be helpful to think in terms of how limited an individual might be, and what kind of risk those limitations create. Assistance in light housework and shopping can often be accommodated by a visiting family member or part-time caregiver. If cooking and managing meals becomes difficult it can lead to poor nutrition and deteriorating health. When movement in the home is problematic, falls become a significant risk. Sometimes people will reduce activity for fear of injury. This limitation can lead to a lack of essential physical exercise. Assisted living can ensure that day-to-day living needs can be provided progressively as those needs appear. Adequate nutrition and appropriate exercise will be provided in an intentional, safe, and caring environment.

Slower recovery time and illnesses and decreasing sensory and motor skills can all be warning signs for something more serious. Additionally, changes in eating habits can be warning signs that serious conditions are present or could develop rapidly. Too often, older adults have an injury or undetected medical condition that prompts a change in their living situation. Preventing injuries and knowing the risks and signs of failing health in an environment built for safety is a primary concern in assisted living. Close care and assistance in daily tasks become more and more necessary as these conditions increase.

A meaningful social life is the most over-looked aspect when assisted living is being considered. Many people are unable to cope with loneliness following the death of a spouse, friends, or the limitations imposed by decreased social activity. Maintaining a healthy and vibrant social life, with meaningful activities, can't be understated in an individual's well-being, longevity and quality of life. It can be difficult for family members to understand how their loved ones are feeling about their lives. Assisted living can provide the social framework and purposely designed activities to create meaning and promote essential aspects of a healthy mental life.

Next Steps: Talk to a Care Consultant

Looking at a range of considerations as presented above can be a helpful first step to understanding the factors involved in determining the right time for assisted living. However, we highly recommend talking to a professional to help assess your situation. If you'd like to speak with a care consultant, please fill out this short form, and we'll be in touch as soon as possible.