An assisted living home offers peace of mind for loved ones worried about older adults living alone. But for the one who has to make the move, it can be stressful or even frightening. As a family, you'll have to decide when it's the right time to move. Finding just the right home and following these tips for moving can help make the change easier for everyone. Is it time? Only you and your family will know when an older family member should move into an assisted living home. In assisted living, seniors live in their own rooms or apartments in a group setting. The staff in the home can help people who live there according to their needs. This may mean help with taking medications, getting dressed, or doing laundry. Or, it might be simply checking in often. For some people, it's time to move to assisted living if it's no longer safe to live alone. For instance, your loved one might have trouble remembering to take medications. Or, perhaps you have safety concerns, such as wandering or leaving the stove on. In such cases, an assisted living home may be the right move. When talking about making this move, do so carefully. Be loving and patient. Talk openly. Be prepared to outline reasons why you think assisted living is the safest choice. Also, remember that your loved one has a say in the decision. Treat him or her the way you would want someone to treat you. Find the right fit. There are many things to think about when choosing an assisted living home. Look for a place that's close to family members. This makes it easier to visit and help your loved one. Choose a facility that offers activities for people who live there. Look for nearby shops and other places within walking distance. Make several visits to any home you're considering. Stop in without an appointment to see how it's run when they aren't expecting you. Stay for a meal to try the food. Watch those who already live there to see if they seem active, happy, and well cared for. Remember that needs change as people get older. Your loved one may need more care in a few years. Look for an assisted living facility that offers more services and care down the road. Your loved one may not need help with bathing, dressing or eating now. However, it would be easier to add those services in a place where your loved one is already settled. Make the move. Moving is stressful at any age. It's especially scary for someone struggling with health problems or dementia. Take a few small, familiar pieces of furniture to help the new place feel more like home. Get help from family members and friends on moving day. And, make sure you let your loved one help arrange his or her new living space. Understand this type of move is difficult and emotional. Be supportive and encouraging. Plan lots of activities to help your loved one stay busy. Encourage him or her to meet new people and join in the social activities that the home offers. Family and friends should call and visit often. Bottom line: Don't treat your loved one any differently just because the living situation has changed. In time, it will be easier, and the new place will feel like home.