One of the hardest decisions in caring for a loved one is determining when it is no longer safe to live independently at home.  There’s no way to know for sure, and the decision should be based on practical matters as well as what’s in your heart. Here are five signs that indicate it may be time to consider transitioning to assisted living.

Difficulty with basic needs

Is the house well kept?  Are there piles of laundry, spoiled food in the fridge, dying plants, dishes that appear to have been sitting around a long time.  What about personal care?  Do they seem to be bathing regularly? Are their clothes clean?


Have there been falls?  About one-third of the senior population over the age of 65 fall each year, but since many incidents go unreported by seniors, this estimate is most likely quite low.  Is it difficult for them to get up from a seated position or to go up and down the stairs?

Driving Issues

Have there been traffic tickets, unexplained dents or scratches on the car?  Are they taking
mediation that should prevent them from driving?


Is your loved one social or do they stay home alone most of the time?  Are they giving up
hobbies and social activities or have they become withdrawn from their friends?  They could be feeling isolated, lonely, or depressed.

Memory Loss

Are you seeing a lack of sound judgment, difficulty following directions, increased confusion, or requiring lots of prompts and reminders? The decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility can be difficult.  The conversation is hard, and often, all parties are in a bit of denial.  Be realistic and know you are not alone.

Waterford Ladies Home has been in business for years, and we are here to help in any way possible. Contact us today or schedule a tour today!