Is a Nursing Home Needed? Checking in With Your Elderly Loved Ones

Jun 1, 2011

Are you afraid that your elderly loved one may need to make the move to a nursing home or long term care facility? Its important to understand the warning signs that your loved one may need assistance with daily living.

Take a look at some of the information below to better judge when your loved one may need help. If you need help choosing a nursing home or long term care facility, meet with an elder law attorney to discuss your options.

Make sure to check in with your elderly loved ones often. If you notice any of the following warning signs, your loved one may need assistance!

  • Does your loved one have trouble completing tasks around the home? As your loved one continues to age, it may be more difficult to move around the house. It can also become impossible to handle simple tasks such as cleaning or cooking. Your loved one may need assistance with some of his or her daily activities.
  • Is your loved one unable to handle personal hygiene tasks anymore? Your loved one may have trouble taking of the simplest things such as bathing, getting dressed and brushing his or her hair. If you notice that your loved one is slowly beginning to neglect his or her hygiene, help may be needed.
  • Does your loved one forget to pay bills or manage finances? This can create a serious financial problem for your loved one. You may need to assist with some of your loved ones financial responsibilities.
  • Has your loved one fallen or become injured more easily? Its a good idea to make sure that your loved one does not have safety issues throughout his or her home. Take the time to fall-proof your loved ones home in order to minimize injuries and accidents.


You can take small steps to ensure that your loved one is always cared for. Speak with your loved one about your concerns. If you need help deciding if your loved one needs to live in a nursing home or long term care facility, consult with a qualified elder law attorney.

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