When to Move from Assisted Living to Nursing Home?

If an individual’s care needs surpass what an assisted living facility can provide, or if they want a higher or more advanced level of medical attention or monitoring, it can be appropriate to consider moving to a nursing home.

Again, this includes the need for round-the-clock nursing assistance, tailored treatment for illnesses such as dementia, or intensive physical therapy. Therefore, if there is a clear deterioration in health that necessitates frequent medical intervention, it might be appropriate to consider the option of a nursing home.

Nursing homes offer comprehensive custodial and skilled residential care to older adults with severe medical illnesses or chronic ailments requiring round-the-clock supervision or monitoring.

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following, it may be time to consider a nursing home option:

  1. Deterioration in health status that requires more extensive medical attention.
  2. Inability to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs) due to cognitive decline or dementia.
  3. Heightened reliance on caregivers or need for specialized medical equipment or apparatus.
  4. Concerns about safety due to falls or other mishaps.
  5. Lack of capacity to engage in activities or interact socially with fellow residents in assisted living.

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