Mar 06, 2015 - 03:53 PM
1. Get your dad to his primary care physician (PCP) as soon as possible and ask the exact question you have posted here. The physician should have at least some recommendation as to the level of care your father requires.
2. Assisted living is the first choice I would recommend you inquire about. Generally, it will fulfiill the assistance for the activities of daily living that are becoming more difficult: medication management, meals, activities, transporataion, oversight, emergency response, etc.
When you inquire into assisted living, the counselor should ask you for more detail about your father. Anyone 55+ can live in assisted living whether or not they receive personal care, especially if they would like to take advantage of the amenities. However, that counselor may recommend a more independent enviornment like Senior Independent Living with home health assistance. Ultimately, your dad and your family should make the final informed decision about the best solution.
Here is a chart of the various stages of senior living:
As you can see, assisted living falls right between a "want" and "need" driven choice and is appropriate for a wide range of situations.