Caregiver giving medication to senior woman

What do you think the biggest factor is when a caregiver moves a loved one into assisted living?

a) Weariness on the part of the caregiver;

b) Loneliness on the part of the loved one;

c) Medical issues.

According to a study, the answer is c) medical issues. While many might think that loneliness was the most common reason for moving a loved one into assisted living, more than 50% of caregivers surveyed said that the trigger for a loved one’s move into assisted living was a medical condition or diagnosis. Those conditions might include:

  • Frequent falls and medication errors;
  • Slow recovery from illness;
  • Worsening chronic illness – such as COPD, dementia, and congestive heart failure.

If medical issues become too much for an aging loved one or a caregiver to handle, it may be time to consider assisted living. The important thing to know is that not all assisted living centers provide the level of medical care your loved one may need.  In Massachusetts, for instance, there is only one classification for Assisted Living Residences (ALRs). While these centers offer a combination of housing, meals and personal care services, they cannot provide, admit or retain any resident in need of skilled nursing care.  In other words, staff members of ALRs in Mass., according to state regulations, cannot provide medical or nursing services.

In New Hampshire, those with medical needs have options other than a nursing home – they can enjoy all the benefits of assisted living and also receive the medical care that they need. There are two types of assisted living centers in New Hampshire: Residential care homes and supported residential care homes. The main difference is the level of care that can be provided by the staff of the center. Whether it’s to manage a chronic condition, provide constant observation for a de-conditioned person, treat a wound, or provide medical support during the onset of various phases of a disease, this can be provided by direct care staff in some assisted living centers in New Hampshire.

The Courville Communities provides 24-hour nursing and restorative care – licensed nurses are in our buildings 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They are responsible for the medication management/administration for all of our residents, and the service is part of the all-inclusive daily rate. We also have on-site physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

Of course, there are other factors that prompt caregivers to transition their loved ones into assisted living; the survey indicated that caregivers’ needs accounted for 27% of the cases and difficulty living alone on the part of the aging adult accounted for 20%.

For more, see “How to Know if Your Parent is Ready for Assisted Living.”

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 At Courville Communities, we have built our success on being the place for families to turn to when it’s time to consider alternative options for a healthier, safer, and less-isolated living arrangement. For more information, click here.



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