Putting a parent in assisted living is a tough decision. Understanding when it is time to move your parents into elder care assisted living can be even more challenging. Maybe you’ve noticed an increase in forgetfulness.
Or perhaps your loved one needs more medical care than part-time home health care can provide.
Whatever your situation, here are seven signs that you should watch for to understand when assisted living is necessary for your parent or loved one.
Who Qualifies for Assisted Living?
There are no definitive elderly assisted living requirements for seniors, which is part of what makes this decision so difficult.

There’s no specific age guideline for when individuals should transition into an assisted living facility, but the average age for assisted living transition is between 75 and 84. Long-term assisted living is there for when it’s no longer tenable to live independently.

  • Who Needs Assisted Living?
    • There is a point in most adults’ lives when they wonder what to do when a parent can’t live alone any longer.
      Understanding when to make the call to move your loved one into a senior care living community isn’t always clear.
      These are signs and criteria for assisted living that you should look for when making this complicated decision.
  • 1. Increased Forgetfulness
    • General forgetfulness is to be expected as we age. However, when forgetfulness increases to the point that daily tasks become a struggle, that may be a sign that it’s time to transition into an assisted living retirement home.
    • If your parent is forgetting about essential tasks like taking medication, it could be an indicator of needing additional assistance.
    • This doesn’t necessarily indicate a need for specialized memory care, but it’s something that healthcare professionals can evaluate further.
  • 2. Neglect of Personal Care or Home Care
  • 3. Loss of Mobility
    • As we age, it’s normal to see a decrease in mobility and agility. However, an uptick in falls is a clear indicator that it’s time to trust the staff members at a senior living community with the health and safety of your parent.
  • 4. Struggles with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
    • At a certain point in life, everyday tasks become challenging. When your parent regularly struggles with activities of daily living (ADLs) – like paying bills, running errands, and doing laundry – it might be time to find a residential care facility to help with their ADLs.
  • 5. Changes in Mood
  • 6. Concerns from Friends or Neighbors
    • Sometimes you might not notice the indicators that your parent might need assisted living because you aren’t able to be there 100% of the time.
    • It’s not uncommon for friends and neighbors to voice concerns. When this starts to happen more frequently, you should consider transitioning your parent to a nursing home.
  • 7. Additional Medical Care is Needed
Let the Skilled Nurses and Trained Staff at Melrose Assisted Living Help with Your Long-term Care Needs
Transitioning into high-end assisted living with personal care services can improve the quality of life for your loved one. Leaving home is never an easy decision and oftentimes it can feel like a complete loss of independence. Let the skilled nurses and high-quality long-term care services at Melrose Assisted Living in Evansville, Indiana enhance independence and quality of life by providing the personalized care that your parent needs.