When a family member is diagnosed with a medical or cognitive condition, they usually want to be taken care of at home. As much as that is the goal, it isn’t always feasible. Placement in assisted living sometimes can be not only the safest option, but the most realistic option for your loved one. Experts say that it is common for families to wait too long before placing mom or dad in assisted living.  Doing it sooner can make it much more beneficial to you and them.

After you decide that it is time to make a change, the next step is researching what type of care facility is best for you or your loved one.  There are five main types, independent living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, board and care facilities (also known as care homes), skilled nursing facilties (also known as nursing homes).

For more help deciding when to have that conversation with your loved one, check out 11 signs it might be time for assisted living.