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5 Signs it is Time to Move from Assisted Living to a Nursing Home

You may be wondering if it is time for you to move from assisted living to a nursing home. It may be difficult to find the proper care for an aging adult that meets your expectations, and you may be content at the assisted living facility you are currently residing with no inclination to transition to a nursing home. 

There are various reasons why moving from assisted living can improve your quality of life. Reasons can range from declining health or the need for more assistance than you are getting now. Assisted living doesn’t provide the 24-hour care that some aging adults can benefit from. If you are thinking about a move to a nursing home, here are the five signs that it may be right for you. 

Signs You Are Ready to Move from Assisted Living to a Nursing Home 

Depending on the degree of care you need, assisted living may be lackluster in terms of round-the-clock care. Assisted living staff can do so much, but it may not be enough to keep you comfortable and safe at all times. Once you have noticed that there are gaps in your care, it may be a sign that you’re ready to move to a nursing home. 

Frequent Hospital Stays 

If you have been experiencing frequent hospital stays, it may be a sign to transition from assisted living to a nursing home. Finding yourself in and out of the hospital can mean worsening health conditions or the inability to rehabilitate. Having the 24-hour care of a nursing home can make a difference in your health and can keep you from having to go back to the hospital. 

Debilitating Alzheimer’s 

Severe neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s are difficult to stay on top of in assisted living. About 5.8 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and generally, they need attentive care as it progresses. The warning symptoms of Alzheimer’s include: 

  • Memory issues that affect day-to-day life 
  • Issues with paying bills and financial responsibilities
  • Problems with completing simple tasks in the home or at work 
  • Poor judgment 
  • Losing things and not being able to locate them 
  • Severe changes in personality, mood, or behavior 

Although these are some of the warning signs associated with Alzheimer’s, a caretaker at a nursing home is familiar with signs and symptoms and is able to monitor, care for, and help people with progressing symptoms. 

Complicated Health Needs 

If you are experiencing complicated medical issues, the caretakers at assisted living may not be able to take care of you adequately. Nursing homes are more equipped to tackle challenging medical needs such as: 

  • Respiratory care 
  • Heart and lung conditions 
  • Diabetes 
  • Infections 
  • Injections 
  • Mobility care 
  • Cancer 

Once you require two-person care for your condition, assisted living caretakers will encourage you to move to a nursing home. Several states mandate this rule because assisted living residents need to be able to evacuate by themselves during an emergency.

24 Hour Care 

Assisted living facilities may have nursing staff, but generally, they are not available around the clock to help and attend to residents who need extra care. Nurses in this type of environment are more likely to be there to manage treatments and medications for residents as opposed to offering focused care. 

Becoming Bedridden 

Becoming bedridden requires the concentrated attention of staff members to help you live a comfortable day-to-day life. There are many conditions that could result in someone having to be bedridden, and these are the daily tasks nurses assist with: 

  • Going to the bathroom 
  • Bathing 
  • Eating and drinking 
  • Frequent turning to prevent bedsores 
  • Dressing 
  • Grooming 
  • Stretching 

Nursing home staff and nurses are equipped to help with daily tasks that can support you in doing daily activities that you may not be able to do on your own. 

Speak with a Knowledgeable Assisted Living Lawyer in New York

If you are unsure about the advantages and disadvantages of transitioning to a nursing home from assisted living, consult with an experienced, knowledgeable attorney. The legal team at Dalli & Marino has comprehensive experience in assisted living issues and can guide you to resolve any matters before they arise.

If your assisted living facility is not keeping your utmost safety and comfort in mind, it’s important that you get in touch with our experienced lawyers so we can prevent any further adversity. Our empathetic attorneys are here for you and will fight for you. Call us at (888) 465-8790 or schedule a free consultation via our contact form. Se habla Español.


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