When the time arrives and we know our elderly family members can no longer manage day-to-day life on their own, we need to decide what measure of care is really necessary and how to address their needs in terms of comfort and dignity. For many individuals, an assisted living home is the best option to maintain a high quality of life and also receive the necessary care and assistance needed to be safe and healthy.
Here are some the of the main things to consider when thinking about assisted living:
Who is Ideal for Assisted Living?
There are many factors that can affect our day-to-day life as we age. The line that is drawn between an independent, familiar way of life and an assisted living one, can seem blurred when a loved one is exhibiting signs of change that impedes their activities of daily living (ADLs).
Or perhaps the decision is brought forward due to a crisis of some kind? A sudden shift in finances or major change in health could mean that the choice is an obvious one. It is important to recognize the signs that can tell us that it is time to think about extended care. Some of these signs include:
- Unkempt living area
- A decline in attention to personal hygiene
- Unsafe driving
- Decline in appetite with food past expiration dates
- Neglecting bills and finances
- Reduced mobility
- Memory impairment
- Unexplained bruises or minor injuries
- Obvious signs of depression
- Forgetting to take medications
What Exactly is Assisted Living?
The most common picture that comes to mind is a nursing home: a place that is typically a large building where residents have suites or rooms with a full staff with full medical and kitchen services. Assisted living, however, sits in between this and independent living.
Residents live in houses, similar in fashion to that of independent living, only shared with a small group of other residents. This is an environment that feels closer to a familiar home life. Assisted living is designed for those who are unable to function as fully independent, but do not require daily or around-the-clock care. Assisted living typically comes with services such as laundry, housekeeping, and meal preparation. The assistance provided is greatly dependent on the individual needs of the resident, as opposed to a set regime and schedule found in nursing homes. The feel of assisted living is communal, and it is often the case that lasting friendships are fostered as residents become comfortable in their new home.
Where Do I Start My Search for Assisted Living?
Research is key when beginning the process of selecting a facility that is ideal for your loved ones. You will need to think about the proximity, of course, budget, and levels of service. Sensibly, finding the right assisted living community is not unlike how one would look for a new family home. All facilities will be eager to give tours and show what amenities and services that their residents enjoy. Literature will be readily available as well as websites that will likely have the most comprehensive breakdown of what the assisted living provider offers. In fact, starting with the web is going to be the best place to start your search. Clicking over to aboutassistedliving.org is a good first step and has a well-organized collection of guides to help you make an informed choice for those loved ones whom we cherish.
Learn more about assisted living and its benefits by speaking with Peter (Colten) at Colten Adult Care today.