When to Consider Assisted Living

It has been our experience that too many families wait until there is a crisis to consider assisted living for their loved one. When a crisis happens, the senior is usually frail and unable to take advantage of all the benefits assisted living has to offer.

Many families tell us they wished they would have moved their loved ones sooner.

What are some signs that it is time to seriously consider assisted living?

Difficulty performing daily activities:

Wearing same clothes multiple days
Bathing less frequently – personal hygiene suffering
Not bothering to cook for one person, skipping meals
Laundry and housekeeping becoming a burden
Spends time in only a few rooms in the house

Memory loss:

Repeating questions or statements, multiple phone calls with the same questions
Wandering away from home
Trusting strangers, falling for scams, becoming the victim of elder abuse
Forgetting to do things they once did like paying bills and balancing the check book
Leaving the stove on, frequently misplacing items

Medication concerns:

Forgetting to take medications – resulting in missed dosages – or taking more than required
Running out of medications – or not properly ordering medications from the pharmacy
A lot of expired medications around

Lack of Socialization:

Losing touch with friends and isolating themselves
Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed such as going to church
Showing signs of depression, for example sleeping a lot or crying
Loss of spouse, relatives and long-time friends


Becoming increasingly paranoid or fearful of others
Afraid to be alone at night
Becoming more dependent on family members
Feel neighborhood is not as safe as it used to be

Safety concerns:

Stairs and steps make it more likely to fall
No help nearby if fall or emergency occurs
Difficulty getting in and out of tub or on and off of toilet
Increase in ‘stuff’ around house causing fall risks