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How Does a Senior Qualify for Assisted Living?

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If you are considering moving a loved one to an assisted living facility, it’s likely because they are struggling to care for themselves. But what exactly makes someone eligible for assisted living? It’s important to choose the correct long-term care plan for your loved one. Knowing what qualifies seniors for assisted living will ensure that they get the help they need through the proper care services.

Let’s discuss the various criteria that assisted living residents must meet. This way you can make the best decision for your family. With the help of this guide, you can be sure to give your loved one the care they deserve.

Assisted Living Qualifications

Requires Help With Non-Medical Needs

Assisted living facilities are designed to provide help with daily tasks  (such as using the restroom) and personal care (bathing, dressing, and eating). Essentially, any activities of daily living that aren’t necessarily medical in nature.

If your loved one has difficulty preparing their own meals or completing household chores, it may be time to make the move to assisted living.


With that said, assisted living residents are typically capable of getting around on their own. Even if they require the aid of a wheelchair, cane, or walker. Many seniors in assisted living communities have independent living skills that allow them to be left alone for most of the time.

Independence is key. Those who need senior care around the clock are likely better suited for nursing homes.

Able to Live Independently

As we just discussed, assisted living residents are going to be on their own more often than not.  They’re receive occasional assistance from staff to help with non-medical daily living activities. Many assisted living communities are designed like small apartments. They just offer greater accessibility while making it easier to get around.

Stable or No Medical Conditions

Assisted living residents should also be free of debilitating medical issues. Many older adults with arthritis or chronic pain live happy lives in assisted living communities. However, they are still able to care for themselves for most daily tasks.

Seniors with medical conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease require a higher level of care and should therefore consider other senior living options. Nursing homes, for example, help seniors who require ongoing nursing care–something assisted living facilities don’t provide.

As such, seniors with memory conditions are likely to need long-term care from a skilled nursing facility. Although some assisted living communities offer daily medication management, they are not equipped for things like insulin injections, feeding tubes, and other similar medical services.

Need Guidance? We Can Help!

Here at Mary T, we understand how challenging and overwhelming it can feel trying to find the best care for seniors. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are but a couple of senior living options to consider for your loved one.

To ensure that you choose the right level of care, we encourage you to reach out to our senior care specialists. We will be happy to assist you during this difficult time.

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