When searching for care knowing where to being can be confusing. A good place to start is to understand where and how much care is needed. Below are some questions that can help understand care needs. Please note, these questions are not intended to diagnose but to provide guidance only.

  • Is your loved one frequently alone or do they speak of feeling lonely?  Do they eat meals alone?

  • Does your loved one have friends they spend time with regularly? Do they belong to social groups or clubs?

  • Can your loved one:

    • Get to places that are out of walking distance on their own, or would you need to make special arrangements?

    • Go shopping for groceries on their own or do they require assistance?

    • Prepare their own meals and clean up after meal preparation?

    • Do their own housework without difficulty or assistance?

    • Do their own house maintenance, for example mow the lawn, weed the garden, or remove snow/ice?

    • Do their own laundry without help or difficulty?

    • Take their own medication without help or reminding?

    • Manage their own money and pay their own bills? Is mail piling up around the house?

    • Bathe and groom on their own? How much assistance might be required?

    • Dress on their own? How much help might they need?

    • Toilet independently and clean up after?

    • Move to and from their bed or chair without assistance?