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When to Transition to Senior Housing

Posted by Jane F. Bolin, Esq. | Jun 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

Transitioning a loved one into a senior housing facility can be taxing and emotional, but there are 9 signs it may be time.

Key Takeaways

  • 9 signs it's time to transition a loved one to senior housing:
    1. You have been considering it for a while
    2. Their behavior is aggressive
    3. They need daily assistance
    4. They are becoming forgetful
    5. They need additional care
    6. You fear for their safety
    7. In-care home is unaffordable
    8. You cannot be their caregiver
    9. They are feeling isolated

If you have noticed changes in an aging family member's behavior or mobility, it may be time to make the transition to a senior living facility. This can be an emotional process, but it is usually for the best and allows them to receive the care they need. You may also have to handle other details, like selling the family home and getting their finances in order.

Senior housing options like nursing homes or assisted living facilities can provide benefits for both the elderly and their family members. Here are nine signs it's time to make this transition for the senior in your life. 

1. You have been considering it for a while

Over time, you may begin to contemplate moving your aging loved one into senior housing. If it's been months or even years since you started to consider it, now may be the time. It is not a decision that should be made overnight, but if you have been feeling that the time is near, it probably is.

2. You notice aggressive behavior

Aging individuals may exhibit behavior changes if they start to develop dementia. They are likely frustrated that their memory is bad and may act defensively toward those who try to help them. If you notice these kinds of changes in your loved one, they may need additional help and observation to ensure that they do not hurt themselves or anyone else.

3. They need help with daily activities

Another sign that it might be time to transition to a senior housing facility is if your loved one needs a lot of help with their daily tasks. These may include cleaning, bathing themselves, getting dressed, going to the bathroom, eating, and cooking. These are all necessary parts of daily life, so make sure they get the support they need for these daily activities.

4. They are becoming more and more forgetful

Even if your loved one is not showing signs of aggression, it can still be worrisome if they are overly forgetful. It may start with them losing their keys or forgetting where they parked the car, but dementia can quickly cause them to forget the names of family members or become fearful in public. 

5. They need more care than they are getting

Sometimes more consistent care is necessary if a family member has developed a medical condition. They need support in taking their medications each day and being monitored in case they fall or their condition worsens. Think about whether your loved one now requires a higher level of care to stay safe and healthy.

6. You fear for their safety when they're alone

One of the first signs that an aging adult needs to enter senior housing is a fall or accident at home. You never want them to experience an incident alone. Talk to them about joining a community where they can receive better care and never be left on their own.

7. You can't afford in-home care

Many families decide to pay for medical professionals to come into their homes to provide regular care for aging loved ones. However, if you know that this just isn't in your budget, it is likely time for them to move to a senior living facility where they can receive the care they need. It can be challenging to convince your loved one to leave their home, but there will be benefits for everyone when they are looked after in a safe place.

8. You are unable to provide care yourself

Some children and other family members decide to take on the role of caregiver when their parents or grandparents are aging and need assistance. However, this setup just isn't feasible for everyone. When you are unable to become their caregiver yourself, which is a big undertaking, leave their well-being in the hands of medical professionals at a senior care facility.

9. They are feeling isolated

One common reason that many seniors decide to move into a facility is to be around other people. Living at home as you age can be isolating, which can be especially detrimental for the elderly. If you have noticed that your loved one is feeling isolated or depressed, or just needs more opportunities for socializing, consider making the transition into a senior home.

There may be many more reasons that your loved one needs to enter a senior housing facility. For example, if a doctor has recommended that you move them or if they have requested it themselves. Pay attention to any changes in behavior, and consider moving them if they have fallen at home or experience lots of confusion.

Working with PeytonBolin when selling a home

When you are considering moving your loved one into a senior housing facility and selling their home, you need to work with a real estate attorney who can help you navigate the market. The team at PeytonBolin is here to help you and your family every step of the way. We understand that these transitions can be challenging, so allow us to handle the legal side of things for you. 

Contact PeytonBolin to learn more about our board-certified real estate attorneys or to schedule a free phone consultation.

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Jane F. Bolin, Esq.

Founding Member, Managing Partner


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