Is It Time For A Nursing Home
According to the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging reports, ‘of the almost 6 million adults age 65 and over with long-term care needs, only 20% receive care services in a nursing home or other institutional setting, with the remaining 80% receiving assistance at home and in the community.”
The question: how can you tell if/when it’s time to consider an assisted living or nursing home facility?
A good way is to use a tool called the ADL Assessment, or the activities of Daily Living Assessment. This is an assessment of a person’s ability for self-care. Put simple, ADLs are the activities and things we do normally. This includes eating, drinking, bathing, dressing, shaving, working, and even watching TV.
If you’re worried about a loved one, the following list of ADLs is a good place to start. If your loved one has trouble with any, or all, of the ADLs listed, it may be time to seek outside support.
Put simply, basic ADLs are the things that a lot of people do when they get up in the morning, and get ready to start their day. For example:
- Bathing and showering independently
- Choosing an outfit and dressing independently
- Feeding oneself
- Proper personal hygiene and grooming the body. (Brushing hair, teeth, etc.)
- Proper toilet hygiene (getting to the toilet, cleaning oneself, and getting back up)
Unlike Basic ADLs, instrumental acti
vities of daily living (IADLs) aren’t essential to a person’s ability to function. However, they are essential for an individual to live independently. For example:
- Can’t manage household chores
- Can’t handle meal prep or cooking
- Inability to self-medicate, as prescribed
- Inability to manage money and checkbook
- Inability to shop for groceries or other items
- Inability communicate via telephone
- Can’t arrange transportation or drive themselves
Every person is different, so your loved one may not suffer from all of them. In this situation, you might consider hiring a in-home nurse to help with certain activities and tasks.
However, if your family member has difficulty with several of, or all, of these tasks, it’s likely time to move them into an assisted living nursing home facility. This is often the safest choice for families that cannot provide assistance 24/7. When you choose a nursing home, you need to make sure they offer services to meet the specific needs of your loves one, and can make sure your loved one is secure.
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