Six Clues That Senior Living Assistance is Needed

May 05, 2015

mother-and-adult-son-1At some point in our lives, all of us need to rely on someone else in order to ensure our survival. Aging parents, and the adult children who love them, may find it difficult to acknowledge this reality. If you are uncertain about whether your senior parent needs living assistance, here are six unavoidable clues that it’s time to make a proactive move.

Increasing care needs

Physical problems, also referred to as functional limitations, gain prevalence as the years progress. With these come an increasing inability to perform routine, critical daily activities such as cooking food and eating, bathing, dressing, and paying household and other expenses. A decrease in mental acuity, also known as cognitive limitations, may play a role in a senior parent’s ability to engage in these and other necessary activities as well.

Safety concerns

Worried about your senior parent’s ability to remain injury-free in or outside the home? Your concerns are understandable and valid. For seniors, falls are among the top threats to safety. Equally frightening are injuries resulting from residential fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the 65-and-older crowd is one of the top age categories at greater risk of sustaining fire-related injuries.


Dementia sufferers are battling a brain disorder that produces alarming and progressive symptoms. The disease systematically robs them of their memories, ability to think or communicate clearly (if at all), or capacity to care for themselves. Dementia may also trigger mood swings and alter a patient’s personality and behavior.

Caregiver stress

Unsure about what constitutes stress? New or unrelenting illness, depression or feelings of hopelessness, and unexplained and/or increasing rage are a few signs of stress. Individuals who participated in a study titled “Evercare/National Alliance for Caregiving Study of Caregivers — What They Spend, What They Sacrifice,” revealed that they struggled with a host of problems, including difficulty sleeping (49 percent) and increased financial worries (43 percent).

Physical changes

Though hard to accept, aging can take a toll on the body. The changes that older adults may experience, even on a minimal level, are likely to trigger concerns about the need for living assistance. Challenges for seniors include:

  • Immediate memory, such as being able to identify objects by name
  • Auditory loss
  • Greater degree of frailty
  • Reduced sleep
  • Decreased appetite and level of energy


If your parent’s social connections are dwindling, it may be necessary to discuss senior living assistance. Evidence of trouble include:

  • Diminished activity levels, such as abandoned hobbies and canceled club memberships
  • Dormant friendships, resulting from a lack, or absence, of outings with acquaintances or companions
  • Shut-in existence, fueled by your parent’s inability – or unwillingness – to leave the residence

If any of the above six signs are present, it’s likely the right time to pursue assisted living options for your beloved senior parent.

Related Blogs

Keys to Emotional Health for Assisted Living Residents
Assisted Living
May 12, 2015

A common challenge among many senior adults is the ability to maintain their emotional health while in assisted living. Seniors who become part of assisted living communities may feel isolated – particularly from their adult…

Continue Reading
What are the benefits of assisted living?
Assisted Living
May 26, 2015

Everybody can use a helping hand at some point, and that’s especially true as we age. Seniors often discover that bathing, dressing, maneuvering throughout the house and running errands become more challenging with each passing year.…

Continue Reading
Understanding Deductible Medical Expenses for Assisted Living
Assisted Living
April 08, 2016

Living well isn’t cheap. According to the CDC, more than 700,000 seniors reside in over 22,000 assisted living facilities nationwide, and medical costs continue to rise each year. How can you catch a break? The…

Continue Reading
Stay in the Know!

Sign up for our Newsletter

Interested in receiving updates from our blog?