So today I’m carrying on with the senior housing questions we all have. I talked about home healthcare, adult daycare, and respite care in my post from the week before called HOME HEALTHCARE WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?
What is ASSISTED LIVING?
The actual definition is: housing for elderly or disabled people that provides nursing care, housekeeping, and prepared meals as needed.
I think that when it comes to assisted living people automatically have preconceived notions about what they think it will be like and often times that is simply not the case. I think of assisted living as halfway. Halfway between complete independence and needing full-time care.
These communities go to great lengths to foster independence as much as possible for as long as possible. Until it is no longer safe. Maybe your loved one only needs help preparing meals or taking medication. Then this option is probably perfect for your family and today these communities are getting better and better.
As we learn more about keeping our seniors healthy, active, and engaged the need for these communities has risen dramatically. I’ve been learning all I can about these communities so that I can bring you the most relevant information available so that when the choice is yours you can make it intelligently with all of the information that is available at your fingertips. The first place to start is SeniorAdvice.com. They have done all the hard parts for you.
With their senior housing search engine, it is much easier to compare various communities. Deciding what you need, what your loved one wants, and combining that to find a safe and loving environment for as long as possible. Assisted living is best for those seniors who need only minimal care. Finding the right community is so important.
There are a lot of things to consider when considering assisted living. Some of these include:
- How much care your loved actually needs.
- Services provided
- living arrangements (private vs. semi-private).
It can a daunting decision, but putting it off longer than you should might lead to a catastrophe. Signs that it may be time to think about an assisted living community can include:
- Your loved one has recently had an accident or has wandered off.
- You find rotten food, a dirty kitchen, unsafe food practices.
- They can no longer keep up with their housework on their own.
- Problems keeping their medications straight.
- Trouble managing their own finances.
There a many different kinds of these facilities so doing your research is absolutely imperative. I loved this article on the senioradvice.com website that gives you a checklist of things to look for when touring assisted living communities. WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN TOURING ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES.
Assisted living communities have come a long way over the last decade. Now, you can find a community for just about everyone. There are even communities for our loved ones who belong to the LGBT Community. How important would that be for your loved one. The takeaway here is this:
- Decide what it is that your loved one needs in an assisted living community.
- Do your research. SeniorAdvice.com is the perfect place to start!
- Tour facilities more than once and at different times
- Let your loved one have input, after all, it will ultimately be their new home and if they aren’t on board you could be in for a difficult transition.
- Ask other family members of residents what their experiences have been.
- Check reviews
The time you spend choosing your loved one’s home can mean all of the difference in the world. After all, we only want what’s best for our seniors. Have you had any experience with assisted living communities? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!
*This post has been sponsored by my friends at SeniorAdvice.com the senior housing search engine!