Assisted living is an option for senior citizens who want or need help with some of the activities of daily living (or ADL's). Assisted living becomes a viable option if you or your loved one is having trouble with everyday activities like cooking meals, getting to the bathroom, keeping house, and driving or traveling.
Assisted living facilities are a good choice if you need more personal care than you can get at home or an independent living retirement community. You don’t need 24 hour medical care and supervision - you're just needing assistance with some activities of your life as they become a challenge for you with aging.
Assisted living facilities offer the safety and security of 24-hour support and access to care. Day or night, help is on-premises and immediately available with the pull of an emergency call apparatus standard with most assisted living rooms.
With assisted living facilities privacy and independence are encouraged. A good facility will develop a personalized plan that meets your needs and accommodates your disabilities, while giving you the freedom to do what you can for yourself. Some provide apartment-style living with scaled down kitchens - others provide rooms. Some facilities offer semi-private shared rooms for those unwilling to pay higher cost. Most facilities feature group dining rooms and common areas for social and recreational activities.
Is an Assisted Living Facility Right For You?
If you’re trying to decide whether assisted living is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:
Do you need more help than family and friends are able to provide?
Are the activities of daily living becoming stressful or overwhelming? If family or in-home help is not able to bridge the gap, assisted living is an option.
Do you feel lonely or isolated at home?
Having an active social life is vital to your health and happiness. Being alone much of the time is a recipe for depression. The social aspect of assisted living is a huge benefit. Good facilities offer a range of social and recreational activities. And the community environment also gives the opportunity to make new friends.
Do you worry for your safety?
Perhaps your mobility is limited, making it difficult to get out of bed by yourself, for example. Maybe you’re afraid of what might happen if you fell and couldn’t get up, or experience another problem and couldn’t get help.
Are you tired of maintaining a home?
There are a lot of responsibilities that come with living in your own home. Assisted living facilities can provide a home-like atmosphere, without the work of cooking, cleaning, shopping for groceries, and doing laundry.
Is transportation an issue?
Perhaps you’re having trouble driving or can no longer drive. If public transportation or another alternative isn’t easy and convenient, you may be increasingly housebound. Assisted living facilities offer transportation, so you can get where you need to go without having to rely on friends and family.
Services at a Typical Assisted Living Facility
- Three meals a day served in a common dining area
- Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, going to the bathroom, and walking
- Housekeeping services
- Access to health and medical services
- Round the clock security
- Emergency call systems in each resident’s living space
- Exercise and wellness programs
- Medication management
- Laundry services
- Social and recreational activities
- Staff available to help with scheduled needs, as well as unexpected issues