If you’re trying to decide whether assisted living is right for your loved one, ask yourself the following questions:
Do they need more help than family and friends are able to provide? Are the activities of daily living becoming stressful or overwhelming? If family or in-home help is not able to bridge the gap, assisted living is an option.
Does your loved one feel lonely or isolated at home? Having an active social life is vital to health and happiness. Being alone much of the time is a recipe for depression. The social aspect of assisted living is a huge benefit. Good facilities offer a range of social and recreational activities. And the assisted living community environment also gives the opportunity to make new friends.
Do you worry about their safety? Perhaps their mobility is limited, making it difficult to get out of bed on their own. Maybe you’re afraid of what might happen if they fell and couldn’t get up, or experience another problem and couldn’t get help.
Are they tired or unable to maintain a home? There are a lot of responsibilities that come with living in your own home. Assisted living facilities can provide a home-like atmosphere, without the work of cooking, cleaning, shopping for groceries, and doing laundry.
Is transportation an issue? Perhaps they’re having trouble driving or can no longer drive. If public transportation or another alternative isn’t easy and convenient, they may be increasingly housebound. Assisted living facilities offer transportation, so you can get where they need to go without having to rely on friends and family.