Transitioning into Assisted Living (AL) from living independently is often the next logical step in taking in the aging process. Similar to the lifestyle of Independent Living Communities, senior adults who qualify for Assisted Living (AL) live in apartments in a group setting and enjoy the freedom to socialize and participate in activities. The major difference, however, is that these adults need more help and guidance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) such as showering, dressing, using the bathroom, and taking medication. Caregivers on-site supervise and assist seniors according to their needs.
Seeking out a facility with more customized supervision can make a huge difference in improving an aging parent or relative’s happiness, safety, and well-being as well as reassure family members that their loved one is being cared for every day. Many injuries such as slipping or falling that occur frequently with the elderly can often be prevented in an AL environment.
Knowing when to transition an aging parent or relative into AL who lives alone can be difficult to tell from a long-distance phone call or if you can’t observe him/her/them. It may be embarrassing for them to tell you directly they can’t manage daily activities or they may want to avoid addressing it. If you can find out more information about their mental and physical condition from a friend/neighbor or doctor’s observation, you can determine if they need a more supportive environment. Here are some of the most common signs that often indicate that a loved one may need to move into an AL facility: