How To Know a Senior Needs More Care: Tips and Resources for Caregivers

How To Know a Senior Needs More Care: Tips and Resources for Caregivers 

by: Melanie Farley  


As we age, the need for assistance with everyday living is one of life’s hardest truths, and often, it falls to family and caregivers to recognize that an older loved one needs extra help. So, how  do you know when your senior loved one needs more care? And, how can you help your senior get the support they need, while maintaining their independence?

While there’s not a perfect answer to these questions, staying informed about your options can help you identify what’s right for your family. Read on for our tips and resources for caregivers.


Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) Can Help

Activities of daily living, or ADLs are used to assess an individual’s level of functioning, so they can help caregivers and medical providers determine a senior’s needs.

Ask yourself: does your senior loved need help dressing, eating, or bathing? Do they need help managing their finances or performing maintenance around the house? The answers to these questions can help caregivers and medical providers determine if a senior loved one needs more care, and what type care they need.

Although ADLs are helpful, they are not the full picture. Caregivers should also consider whether their senior loved one has the ability to attend medical appointments, get groceries, or even connect with friends. Solid Ground is a fantastic resource to help seniors connect with local resources to meet these needs.


Know Your Options: Assisted Living vs. Adult Day Care

In addition to help with everyday activities that have become more challenging, seniors who take part in adult day care can also expect a safe environment, engaging social activities, and companionship from other seniors. Adult Day Care provides many of the same benefits as assisted living facilities, but it allows seniors to continue living at home where they are more comfortable.

Not only is adult day care more affordable than traditional long term care facilities, but it also allows seniors to maintain more of their independence, and it provides their caregivers a much-needed break. So, in many cases, adult day care can be 


A Final Word . . .

It is never easy to admit that your senior loved one needs more care, but it can be even more challenging to find the words to express your concerns. Researching your care options in advance and approaching your senior loved one with compassion can help the conversation go more smoothly.

So, know your options, and plan your words carefully. Remember, as difficult as this conversation is for you, it is much more difficult for your senior to accept such big changes to their way of life.


Would your senior loved one benefit from expert adult day care in a warm, welcoming environment? The healthcare professionals at Northeast Adult Day Care can provide skilled care, monitoring, and social interaction for your senior! Reach out to learn more, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..