Assisted Living Assistance
By David Faulkner
One of the unavoidable facts of aging is that the bodies gradually lose the faculties which enabled us to live independently and take care of ourselves they way we could when we were younger. Memory lapses, decreased hearing and vision, and loss of cognitive ability may affect us so that we require help, either from family members or from assisted living services.
For people who have no family nearby, or those who don’t want to be a burden to their relatives, but want to remain as independent as they can, assisted living facilities may be an answer. Assisted living is exactly what its name suggests; it allows people to do as much as they can for themselves, and assist them with those tasks which have become too difficult.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is ideal for those seniors who do not require full-time medical services, and are still fit enough to enjoy social activities and physical exercise. The assisted living providers will do an in-depth analysis of a client’s situation to determine the appropriate degree of assistance.
Assisted living centers will analyze each resident’s needs and provide the services they need; meals for those who can no longer cook; transportation for those who can no longer drive; and as much housekeeping as necessary.
Assisted living facilities are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, as the Baby Boomer generation is approaching its twilight years. Many retirement facilities may call themselves things like adult living and active seniors’ communities, but the one thing they have in common is that they are designed for older people who are determined to remain as independent as they can for as long as they can.
Many seniors who would fight being placed in a nursing home are willing, and even grateful, to go into an assisted living facility, for the security it will offer them. The no longer have to worry about how they will get through the more difficult tasks with which they have been coping, and can relax because help will be there, but only if they really need it.
Is Assisted Living Right For You?
There are, however, many elderly people for whom assisted living is not appropriate. These individuals are the ones who need ongoing care for conditions, and are physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves. Even their families may not be able to provide the around-the-click assistance needed to keep them safe and comfortable.
If you are considering assisted living, either for yourself or a loved one, be advised that no all assisted living services are the same. Make sure the one you decide on is tailored to meet your specific needs.