When is it time for assisted living?

Although there is no concrete definition of assisted living for the elderly, according to SeniorAdvice.com, it entails the long-term care plan for an incapable individual inside a facility (housing), which commonly includes health care, monitoring of activities to ensure safety, assistance on daily tasks, and many other more. Assisted living is not to be confused with nursing homes, which usually specialize in a particular medical help that is needed by a patient. For an elder, it is usually an alternative to living the remainder of the life in discomfort and pain. According to the National Center for Assisted Living, the average age of an assisted living resident is 85 years old.

Deciding when to send an elderly to assisted living depends on the situation of the elder’s family. The natural cycle of life may easily mean that the sons and daughters of the elders would set off to live their own lives, and this leaves the elder to care for themselves. Before sending off an elderly to an assisted living facility, be sure to review the signs that it is the right step to take.

Dementia and its complications are usually what push families to place their elderly in assisted homes. This would lessen the worry that the elder might disappear and not remember their residence. According to aplaceformom.com, sundowning (extremely agitated behavior) and aggression are also valid reasons. If the elder’s health demands more delicate care, it may also be time to put them in assisted homes.

Ultimately, though, the decision depends on the family of the elder. It is always fitting to examine your own living situation and assess whether it remains a good and healthy environment for your elderly. If the answer is no, it is definitely beneficial to both you and your elder to look into entering assisted living facilities.