Time for a Nursing Home? Your Guide to Assisted Senior Living

Maybe your mom’s having trouble remembering to take her medicine. Or your dad’s doctor told him not to drive anymore. Realizing that it’s time for a nursing home or assisted living can be overwhelming, between sharing your concerns with your loved one, researching different options and figuring out how to pay for it.

Seki Balogun, MD, is a geriatrician at University Physicians JABA in Charlottesville. She helps families work through these difficult decisions and answered some common questions about elderly healthcare.

Signs It May Be Time for a Nursing Home

Balogun says difficulty performing everyday activities is a warning sign. Doctors call these the activities of daily living (ADLs), and they include:

  • Bathing and otherwise maintaining good hygiene
  • Using the bathroom
  • Walking and getting around without falling
  • Food preparation and good nutrition
  • Driving
  • Shopping
  • Managing finances

On top of that, increasing memory loss can create health risks and dangers, such as forgetting to take medicine or turn off the stove. Read more