As our loved ones and parents age, we often wonder when it is right to move into assisted living. This is a complicated question that requires many considerations. These are some factors to consider when you decide when it is appropriate for assisted living.
Activities of Daily Living
Six Activities of Daily Living (ADL) are used to assess whether someone can take care of himself. These are:
You will be looking at each activity for your senior and assigning one if they can do it without any assistance. If they require help, give some 0 to them. Then, add the scores to get a maximum score of 6. A score below a 6 point may indicate that assisted living is possible.
Additional Signs that Assisted Living is Right for You
You may also notice other signs that assisted living is a good choice.
The care level is rising. You may notice an increase in the care required for your loved one. Once you see this, it’s time to start looking into assisted living options. Most caregivers will continue to care until the situation becomes too difficult for them. Before they start looking for assisted living homes, they will feel more stressed and overwhelmed. Do not wait until you’re desperate to find a suitable assisted-living residence. It is essential to start the search early so that you can find the perfect fit for your senior.
More medical care is required. Are you spending more time visiting the doctor, pharmacies and calling for medical attention? If yes, assisted living is the right choice. Qualified caregivers and doctors are available 24 hours a day to provide better and faster medical care. It is crucial to intervene early when treating elderly patients.
Memory loss is a real thing. We all expect memory loss as we age. Seniors who live in assisted living homes have more stimulation and interaction with other people, slowing down memory loss. However, your loved one’s overall health can be affected by loneliness and isolation. As we age, it is vital to maintain continuity of care and provide a secure and safe environment.
Do not wait to find the right assisted living home
Before you reach the “I don’t know how to handle this anymore” or “They can no longer live on their own anymore” stage, it’s the right time to make a move. Assisted living is the best decision for both you and your loved one.
- A delay in moving to assisted living could lead to:
- There are high chances of a fall.
- Hospitalization is required
- Increased confusion or dementia
- Depression and loneliness
Each home offers a lovely residential setting and is designed to create a home-like environment. We take senior care in Well Homed seriously, which is why we have one of the highest resident-to-caregiver ratios in the state, top-notch medical care, and Alzheimer’s specialists on staff. For more information on our assisted living homes, please get in touch with us.