How Do You Know When It’s Time for Assisted Living?

Aging happens to us all – but the signs of aging may not be a comfortable topic for many. 

The situation can be especially difficult when you’re wondering if it’s time to suggest that a parent or other loved one needs more help, that maybe they should move into assisted living. How do you know the time is right? When should you broach the subject?

Benefits of Assisted Living

Start by understanding what assisted living offers. Assisted living facilities generally help residents with things like:

  • Meals
  • Medication reminders
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Activities of daily living (ADL) which include bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring i.e., getting in and out of bed or chair, and eating

Plus, a move to an assisted living facility from a private home means no more house and yard upkeep and more opportunities for social interaction.

Signs that it’s time to consider assisted living

When is it time to suggest a move to an assisted living facility? Every situation is different, but here’s a list of things to watch for. If you notice more than three of these, it may be time to discuss getting more help or moving into an assisted living facility.

  • Struggling to keep up with housework, yard work and home repairs
  • Difficulty showering, bathing, and dressing regularly without help
  • Falling behind on bills
  • Unable to schedule and get to regular medical appointments on time
  • Forgetting to take medications
  • Unable to cook 
  • Noticeable weight loss or gain
  • Social isolation
  • Loss of mobility
  • Falls and other physical safety concerns

Assisted Living in Saratoga, NY

Home of the Good Shepherd offers assisted living and enhanced assisted living services in Saratoga, Malta, Moreau, and Wilton, NY. As part of our communities, residents enjoy private modern suites, freshly prepared meals, laundry, housekeeping, ADL assistance, medication management, social activities, and more! Contact a senior care specialist today to schedule a tour or learn more about our assisted-living options.

Interested in the difference between Assisted Living and Enhanced Assisted Living? Read our guide to learn more.