There are times in our lives when someone close to us might need help because he or she is having difficulties performing normal tasks because of physical limitations. This is the time when you should think about making a move to assisted living.
Not to be confused with nursing home care, assisted living also known as Board and Care or Retirement Home is a means of providing people in need with the appropriate care. This includes persons with disabilities and the elderly. Assisted living is not a replacement for a nursing home, instead these facilities are there to provide a home and support services to anyone who is unable to perform certain basic activities.
If your loved one does not need constant attention, then an assisted living facility would be perfect. Assisted living communities offer a wide level of care, which will vary based on the facility selected. These facilities range from small homes with one resident to larger communities with over 50 living units. Assisted living facilities normally have medical professionals on call, but your loved one will have a little more independence than with a nursing home. However, due to this, assisted living facilities normally have fewer provisions than nursing homes.
Currently there are over 30,000 assisted living institutions in the US to choose from. However, not all assisted living facilities are the same. As such, these facilities will provide different care and supervision based on the different needs of the residents. Assisted living institutions provide services to seniors over 60 years of age and persons under 60 with special needs. Choosing an assisted living facility should be based on the needs of your loved one and suits their needs. Some of these institutions specialize in providing a safe and supportive environment for those in need.
Convincing your loved ones that it is time to move from the comfort of their home into an assisted living facility will be one of the toughest hurdles that you will have to overcome. However, once you make the time to talk to them before hand, you can get them used to the idea of moving. So when it is time to make the move it will be much easier for them and you.