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When Is Assisted Living Needed?

There comes a time in everyone’s aging journey when daily activities begin to get a bit harder. When asking family or friends for help is no longer enough. When safety becomes a concern. The idea of a senior living community or full-time care may be a large transition for some seniors; for others, the support and resources are a welcome change.

When it comes time to move to a senior living community, there are many choices available. Different types of facilities or communities provide varying levels of care and offer a variety of services. Facility-based, long-term care services are offered in:

  • Board and care homes
  • Assisted living communities
  • Nursing homes
  • Continuing care retirement communities

Assisted living communities are one of the most popular options for seniors who require daily assistance but want to remain active. So, what is senior assisted living? And when is assisted living needed?

What Is Senior Assisted Living?

Assisted living is an ideal choice for seniors who need help with daily care, but do not require substantial medical intervention. For example, residents at assisted living communities may require assistance with some or several of the activities of daily living (ADLs).

Residents of assisted living communities may live in their own rooms or apartments, but they share common areas, services and dining rooms. Services generally include assistance with personal care, medication management, housekeeping and laundry, on-site security and social and recreational programs and activities. Socialization is a big part of the culture of assisted living communities.

The Gables at Charlton Place and all of Tutera Senior Living & Health Care’s assisted living communities empower each resident to control their daily living and to achieve healthy-as-possible outcomes. Continuing personal growth and learning is encouraged, each resident is made as comfortable as possible, and their health is supported through exercise plans, on-site nutrition and meal service and on-site medical support. Additionally, care teams at communities like Carnegie Village Senior Living help residents with:

  • Ambulation
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • Managing medication
  • Toileting
  • Transferring bed/chair

Is It Time For Assisted Living?

Once it is clear that assisted living is the right choice for long-term care, it is critical to understand when the time is right. So, when should a person go into senior assisted living? What factors should be considered? Here are seven signs that indicate when assisted living is needed:

  1. Health conditions are becoming worse
  2. Noticeable changes in hygiene
  3. Medications are forgotten or mismanaged
  4. Increased risk of falls or other safety concerns are more notable
  5. Greater difficulty in managing daily tasks
  6. Inability to manage bills or appointments
  7. No longer able to care for the home and yard

As common as the need for assisted living is, there can still be some old-fashioned stereotypes that cause negative feelings about making this move that can make seniors hesitant to transition to a new environment. The best way to alleviate stress and fear in this situation is to begin to discuss the option of assisted living before it is needed. And, actually, moving sooner rather than later can help to ensure better quality of life and better support for seniors and their families. Moving before a lot of support is needed means that seniors can be excited about the new possibilities, enjoy all the opportunities their new home has to offer, and relax in the knowledge that they are in the right place to get the right support as their needs change over time.

About Tutera Senior Living & Health Care

Tutera Senior Living & Health Care provides independent living, assisted living, memory care, Thrive memory care, rehabilitation and extended stay, and respite programs. At every level of care, Tutera team members get to know each resident through their YOUNITE Story. The YOUNITE Story is a life history survey that shares preferences for your daily routine, food, hobbies, interests and highlights from the past.

For assisted living residents of The Gables, Carnegie Village and all of Tutera’s assisted living communities, the available services make it easy to maintain an active schedule. While services do vary by community, you can often expect:

  • Nutritious dining
  • Housekeeping
  • Landscaping
  • Flat-linen service
  • Maintenance
  • Scheduled transportation

Want to find a Tutera Senior Living community near you? Our location finder tool can help you do just that! Ready to schedule a tour? Have questions about our culture, our care or our communities? Contact us today!

Learn more by clicking on the community links below:

The Atriums Senior Living Community
Carnegie Village Senior Living Community
Charlton Place Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Country Gardens Assisted Living Community
Lamar Court Assisted Living Community
The Lodge at Manito Assisted Living & Memory Care Community
Mission Chateau Senior Living Community
Moweaqua Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Norterre - The Laurel Assisted Living and Memory Care
Oakley Courts Assisted Living & Memory Care Community
Rose Estates Assisted Living Community
St. Paul's Senior Community
Tiffany Springs Senior Living Community
The Village at Mission Senior Living Community
Wesley Court Assisted Living Community