Assisted living is a living arrangement that provides housekeeping, transportation, meals, and nursing for the disabled or the elderly. Assisted living is done in a home environment or one can get an apartment and have the help of staff that are available to assist with different activities. Staff can also assist with medical support and grooming.
Declining mobility, memory loss, lack of medication management, lack of personal hygiene, neglected finances and lack of food in the home among others are some of the signs that a person should go to an assisted living facility.
There is more control for people who live in assisted living facilities because they can continue with their daily activities and get assistance only when necessary. Residents in assisted living facilities can also get family members to help with their care from time to time.
There is frequent monitoring in assisted living facilities so the elderly and the disabled may suffer from less injury as a result of falls and slips and this will make them safer. There is also security for people who live in assisted living facilities compared to people who live alone.
There are many activities that residents of assisted living facilities can enjoy and this encourages interaction between members. It is not a must for a member to participate in the activities that are offered in assisted living facilities. Residents do not have to get bored when they live in an assisted living facility because there are entertainment options. Social interaction in the assisted living facility keeps loneliness away for the elderly.
Healthcare services are also provided in assisted living facilities which are very beneficial to residents who need the services. Healthy meals are provided for residents of assisted living facilities and they take into consideration any conditions that they may have which may require a special diet.
In case a resident has some chores that they want to give the staff, they can be able to ask the staff to run some errands for them.
Since the residents of an assisted living facility may be unable to drive, they can get transportation with the help of the staff if they need to go to a doctor’s appointment or meet friends. Since there is independence to do what one is able to do for themselves in an assisted living facility, residents can feel a sense of pride in the tasks that they perform.
Family members who want to put their elderly or disabled family members in an assisted living facility should look for places that have friendly staff members and neat places. Family members should look for assisted living facilities that are affordable because one has to make a monthly payment so one needs to make a financial commitment for this. Some people are able to use insurance to pay for a facility.