What are the signs of a resident needing to move from independent living to assisted living?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Moving from independent living to an assisted living facility is a complex decision. There may come a time when adequately taking care of yourself becomes too difficult to manage. Wanting to retain some independence, but needing additional support is why many people move from independent living to an assisted living community. While independent living offers many of the best aspects of being in your own home, health and safety issues often arise that make it too difficult.

    Assisted living, although a higher level of senior care than independent living, does not mean a skilled nursing facility with round-the-clock care is indicated. Those in an assisted living community may still live independently and only utilize the help they need, with cooking meals or keeping a medication schedule. Below are signs that a resident may need to move to assisted living:

    • Changes in personal hygiene or an unkempt appearance may mean bathing, dressing, and laundry have become too difficult.
    • Weight loss could mean missed meals or inability to cook.
    • The residence is messier or dirtier. Decreased mobility and loss of motor skills may be the cause.
    • The senior has fallen or has noticeable bruising, which can mean he is having difficulty with accessibility or doesn't see potential hazards.
    • Bills and other financial responsibilities are being neglected. Driving is no longer safe as evidenced by traffic tickets or damage to her car.

    If any of these signs are present, a doctor should be alerted to evaluate the senior for possible placement in a higher level of care.insert into answers values (