As seniors grow older and require more care than before, it can become unrealistic for families to try and keep up with their individual needs. This can especially be the case if an older adult begins needing medical attention on a regular basis.
The problem, then, is talking about long-term care options.
"When the situation arises, the timing is never right and emotions are high," relocation specialist Heather Wallach told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Instead of trying to make the difficult call alone, caregivers may want to come together with family members and an elderly parent to talk about the situation.
Additionally, consider having a doctor evaluate how easy independent living could still be for a senior.
When the time comes, be sure to visit a number of different retirement living communities to become familiar with all the aspects of care.
"Observation of privacy, dignity and choice were very important considerations; as were the meals, socialization and home-style comfort," Debbie Beal, who recently helped her mother choose a new home, told the publication.
Experts suggest that the internet is a good way to start a search, because it's easy to look at the amenities and prices of different facilities without having to drive around to visit each one.