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When is the right time to move to an assisted living community?

Common Signs it may be time to move.

elderly woman taking a break from reading to pet her dog

The benefits of assisted living.


How do you know when the time has come for you or a loved one to move to an assisted living community? It’s a common situation faced by families with many different factors to take into account for each individual situation. As you weigh your options, look for these signs that indicate your loved one could benefit from an assisted living community:

  • Subtle changes – Have you noticed any clues that could indicate reduced independence, such as unwashed hair, stained clothes, or unkempt fingernails or facial hair? Hygiene is often one of the first things neglected by an older adult facing mobility issues and/or memory loss, as well as other parts of daily life that are hampered by mental and physical limitations.
  • Worsening health problems – Is your loved one’s declining health becoming a struggle for you or for them? It may be the right to partner with a team of professionals who are dedicated to their wellbeing. Assisted living provides help with bathing, dressing, medication management and other activities of daily living, as well as nursing support.
  • Unsafe conditions – Do you believe your loved one could handle to an emergency like taking a fall or having a medical scare at home? Take notice of your loved one’s mobility and balance as it relates to the safety and accessibility of their home. Living at home could present challenges that could result in a life-threatening fall or accident. Additionally, if they have instances of forgetfulness or wandering, they may no longer be safe on their own.
  • Increase in isolation – Is your loved one becoming more isolated due to memory loss, hearing impairment or mobility issue? Isolation is a risk factor for early mortality, as it is associated with cognitive decline, depression, chronic diseases and dementia. According to AARP, signs of social isolation in seniors include withdrawal, loss of interest in personal hygiene, poor nutrition and/or hoarding.


There are many parts of daily life that may become difficult for seniors to keep up with on their own. If mental or physical limitations are hampering their ability to take care of themselves properly, a little help could make a big difference while also providing increased social opportunities, safety and accessibility. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have about assisted living at The Oaks – we’re here to help in any way we can as you consider the next step for you or your loved one.