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You don’t have to figure this out on your own.

Below is list of articles that you can find here on Frontida’s website, each one helping you on your journey–wherever you are.

Seniors want to stay active and engaged in life and community, so it’s never too early to start researching senior living options.

Like you, seniors value choice, dignity, independence, and quality of life. That’s what assisted living is all about. 

But the thought of moving to assisted living brings with it a lot of questions: 

This resource will help you know:

1. When it’s time for some assistance and what type of senior care to look for

2. How to find the assistance and community needed

3. Action steps to make it happen

Step 1 – Identify Care Needs

One sign that it might be time for senior care is that you are getting burned out from care-giving. Other signs are listed below and may mean that your loved one now needs more help than you can provide.

The symptoms are broken down by level. As you read through the descriptions below, in which level are most of your concerns found?

Level 1

Your loved one: 

Level 2

Your loved one:  

Level 3 

Your loved one:  

  • Uses a wheelchair or hospital bed 
  • Needs help getting around (e.g. getting up from bed or getting to the bathroom) 
  • Wanders away from home or gets lost 
  • Sees or hears things or people that aren’t there 
  • Needs assistance with clothing/getting dressed 
  • Repeatedly removes clothing or wears extra clothing 
  • Needs assistance showering  
  • Hits or slaps people or has inappropriate sexual behaviors 
  • Is unable to make decisions (due to confusion, etc.) 
  • Has had 3 or more falls in the last 12 months 

In what level were most of your concerns found? (Read this article to understand the acronyms used in talking about senior care.)

Level 1 – RCAC or Home Care. 

Level 2 – CBRF (Assisted Living)

Level 3 – CBRF (Specialized Assisted Living), Nursing Home 

* A full nursing evaluation is necessary to determine appropriate level of care. 

Step 2 – Identify Resources

Wondering if assisted living is the right choice?

Assisted living communities offer amenities, services, and care in a setting with the comforts of home.

They serve seniors who require assistance with:

  • meal preparation
  • medication management
  • transportation
  • personal care
  • specialized care for Alzheimer’s or dementia

They usually provide the following services:

  • dining services
  • housekeeping
  • personal laundry
  • health and wellness
  • social and recreational activities

And they offer care in the areas of:

  • dressing
  • bathing
  • grooming
  • continence assistance
  • medication management
  • mobility
  • memory loss

If you feel overwhelmed, you have resources to support you:

  • Which friends or family members have some experience in this area?
  • Your local Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) has many free resources and knowledgeable people to help take the confusion out of aging. 
  • Your loved one’s doctor or a local gerontologist (elder care specialist) can be a wealth of information. 
  • A local priest, pastor, rabbi, or other religious leader can provide care, spiritual guidance, and may be able to share their personal experiences with various local senior communities. 
  • Frontida Assisted Living can also help you sort through what you’re going through, what your next step should be, and how to find a community that meets your needs. 

Step 3 – Create An Action Plan

Once you are familiar with what you need, it’s time to create an action plan. Finding senior care doesn’t usually happen overnight. Finding the right fit takes time and dedication. This checklist may help you organize your thoughts and the steps you will need to take:

Helpful Resources

Need other helpful information? Check out these articles. And come back to check for more…

Caring for the Elderly

7 Tips To Freshen Up Your Old Caregiving Routine

Overcoming Caregiver Burnout

Helping an elderly loved one get through all the holiday parties without burning out

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Your Parents Are Aging

Good Times with the Senior(s) you Love

Finding the Perfect Gift For Your Elderly Loved Ones (And Those Who Care For Them)

100 Questions to Ask to Reminisce with the Elderly

6 Fun Things to Make at Teatime with Grandparents

Remembering Games Grandma and Grandpa Played When They Were Young

Learning Where Grandparents Ate and Shopped When They Were Young

Enjoying Radio, Movies, and TV that Entertained Grandparents When They Were Young

Celebrating the Latest and Greatest Technology When Grandparents Were Young

Ways to Honor Our Veterans

Memory Loss

Recognizing Memory Loss

How Dementia Affects the Body

How to Make the Best of Memory Loss

5 Steps to Following Directions – and Why Dementia Won’t Let Grandma Do It

When Dementia IS Alzheimer’s

When Dementia ISN’T Alzheimer’s: Vascular and Lewy Body Dementias

When Diseases Become Dementias: Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Diseases

Rarer Types of Dementia: Frontotemporal Dementia


How To Spot Signs of Depression

Recognizing the Signs of UTIs in the Elderly

Want to Prevent Falling? Top 3 Signs You Need To Know

Top 10 Emotional Needs that Are Still Important for Seniors

Exercises for Those with Limited Mobility

What You Need to Know About Choking and the Elderly

Addressing Mealtime Hazards for Seniors

Preparing For Assisted Living

How to Know When an Aging Loved One Needs Help

How To Know When One Fall is Too Many 

How to Start the Assisted Living Conversation

How to Help Someone Adjust to Assisted Living

Make Your Loved One’s Room Feel More Like Home

Long-term Care Insurance Part 1

Long-term Care Insurance Part 2

Assisted Living Information

Understanding Wisconsin’s Assisted Living Options

Assisted Living Tour Tips

Understanding the Pre-assessment Process: What Nurses Ask and Why They Need to Know

8 Tips To Find The Best Assisted Living

Top 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Research Assisted Living

Assisted Living Terms/Lingo

How to Choose Assisted Living Without Getting Into A Family Feud

Elizabeth Daghfal
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Elizabeth Daghfal is a writer, teacher, speaker, and community volunteer. When she isn't teaching or writing-- Who are we kidding? Her husband and five kids say she's ALWAYS teaching and writing. She has a passion to help people who are struggling and is happy to say her shoulders are drip-dry. Born and raised in the South, she now lives in Wisconsin and loves it--except for the fifteen months of winter. Read more about her at