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Understanding the Need for Change in Assisted Living

Recognizing when it’s time to consider assisted living is the first crucial step for seniors and their families. This decision is often prompted by the need for increased care, a desire for more social interaction, or a safer living environment.

Difficulty in daily living activities (bathing, dressing, cooking, paying bills, etc.) indicates a need for attention to those matters and possibly the need for an assisted living home. Inclusive and respectful conversations are necessary. Core concerns are the senior’s preferences and needs.

The AL Home Hunting Checklist for Choosing the Right Assisted Living Home

Selecting the right assisted living community involves several key considerations:

  1. Location: Choose a facility or home that’s close to family, friends, and familiar surroundings.
  2. Care Services: Ensure the availability of necessary medical and personal care support.
  3. Amenities: Look for overall cleanliness, well-appointed bedrooms, quality dining areas, uplifting communal spaces, and a tidy kitchen.
  4. Activities: A vibrant roster of activities (physical, mentally stimulating, etc) is important for diverse interests.
  5. Costs and Financial Plans: Understand all costs involved and check if they align with your budget.

Preparing for the Move to Assisted Living

  1. Downsizing: Sort through belongings to decide what to keep, donate, or give away.
  2. Familiar Touches: Decorate the new space with personal items to make it feel like home.
  3. Healthcare Coordination: Transfer all medical records and discuss care plans with the facility’s healthcare team. Living Will? Advocates?

Preparing for the Move to Assisted Living

  1. Visit Often: Familiarize yourself with the community and staff before the move.
  2. Stay Involved: Family involvement is key during and after the transition.
  3. Social Integration: Encourage participation in activities and social events.

Emotional Support During Transition

It’s normal to experience mixed emotions during this transition. Open communication among family members, future residents, and home staff is crucial. With love and patience, a new normal can be established. Support groups can also provide comfort and advice.


The move to an assisted living facility marks a new chapter in life. With proper preparation, the transition can be positive, leading to a comfortable and engaging lifestyle. The Helpful Home Hunting Checklist and the series of blogs, The Essential Guide: Transitioning to Assisted Living, are here to help.