One common reason for people to make a move to assisted living communities is that they have trouble with essential daily tasks. These tasks, referred to as the Activities of Daily Living—ADLs for short—include many things we all do daily, including personal hygiene, getting around our homes, eating, and using the restroom.
It’s natural for our abilities to change as we age, and some tasks that we used to do without even thinking about them can become difficult with physical or cognitive changes. For some people, this might happen gradually, or it may seem to happen suddenly.
By talking with your loved one about their changing abilities, and paying attention to them, you can help them find the right level of support for safe living conditions and a great quality of life, either in their own home or in an assisted living community.