When to Consider Assisted Living for a Loved One

March 17, 2021

Taking care of an aging parent or spouse can be rewarding, but it can become quite difficult depending upon their condition and your situation. There are many different types of resources and services available to support seniors today, but how do you know when it is time to choose one? And how do you know which is the best option?

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living facilities provide residents with a comfortable home, while assisting them with daily living activities and some health care services.  This level of care was created for seniors who do not need long-term 24-hour skilled nursing, to enable them to lead a more independent life for as long as possible. At McLean, Assisted Living is part of the full continuum of care. Residents receive just the right amount of support they need, along with engaging life enriching and wellness activities, delicious meals, and opportunities for socialization in a welcoming community. McLean’s Memory Care is the first in the state to earn a Purple Flag distinction for supporting those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Secure neighborhoods and beautiful outdoor spaces provide a safe environment in which our residents thrive.

When Is Your Loved One Ready for Assisted Living?

A health-related event or proximity to family typically present opportunities to evaluate care needs. However, the signs are often subtle and may progress slowly over time.

Also, changes in your loved one’s ability to manage their activities of daily living (ADLs) are good indications they would benefit from extra help. Signs to look for include:

  • Difficulty managing medications
  • Difficulty maintaining personal hygiene, including bathing and dressing
  • Confusion with space and time (getting lost or confusing night and day)
  • Using poor judgement, including financial and safety
  • Forgetting to eat or having trouble with meal preparation

Other Signs to Look For

  • Social Isolation – Are they connected with friends? Are they becoming depressed?
  • Home Safety – Are their surroundings safe? Are falls becoming more prevalent?
  • Other Health Conditions, including memory loss, weight change, unsteadiness

Caregiver Fatigue

It’s ok to give yourself a break. When you find your own health or mental wellness is being compromised, you will not be able to provide the care your loved one needs or give yourself the quality of life you deserve. Stress, body aches, anger and inability sleep are all indications it may be time to seek help.

McLean’s team is here to help and happy to take you on a virtual tour of our Assisted Living and dedicated Memory Care neighborhoods. Learn how we are safely taking care of our residents by linking to McLeanInspiredLiving.org/assisted-living or calling 860-658-3786.

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