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Assisted Living May Improve Quality of Life

As we age, it’s not unusual to have difficulty with daily activities such as showering, dressing, maintaining the house, running errands, socializing, and remembering to take your medications. If you are experiencing these and other difficulties associated with living in your own home, an Assisted Living facility may be your answer.

As the name implies, Assisted Living facilities are designed to give you the daily support you need, while allowing you as much independence as possible. They allow you the freedom to do what you can for yourself, offer the 24/7 safety and security, provide personalized care plans and accommodate your disabilities.  Assisted Living Facilities provide well prepared nutritious meals, laundry and transportation services, as well as fun and well planned social and recreational activities.

As a senior, making the decision to leave your home can be difficult, but by taking time to find the right fit and being honest about your needs, you can you can make the choice that’s right for you, your care needs and individual lifestyle.

 

 

Determining if Assisted Living is Right for You:

Involve family and friends in an open and honest conversation about your current lifestyle. Asking yourself the following questions will help you determine if it’s time to consider Assisted Living.

  • Do you need more help than you or your family and friends are able to provide?
  • Are important daily chores being left undone?
  • Do you prepare and eat nutritious meals daily?
  • Are you often feeling stress or overwhelmed?
  • Do you feel sad, lonely or isolated at home?
  • Are you socializing and do you still have a rewarding social life?
  • Are you having trouble driving safely or no longer drive at all?
  • Do you forget to take your medications?
  • Are you missing important appointments?
  • Are you falling, or experiencing mobility or balance problems?
  • Do you worry about your safety and security?
  • Are you tired of maintaining a home?

Finding the Right Assisted Living Option for You:

Visit as many facilities as possible and take a good look around.  Is it clean, well light and secure? Ask all your questions about the care they provide, services, amenities, and of course cost. You can tell a lot about a facility by the people who live and work there. So meet as many residents and staff members as possible. Are they warm, caring and welcoming? What’s the food like and is there an active social atmosphere? Choose the Assisted Living facility is that feels the most friendly, safe, and comfortable to you.

 

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