What is assisted living?
Assisted living is for those who are 55+ who want to live as independently as possible, however, may need some assistance with their daily activities such as laundry, housekeeping, meal preparation, medication management, etc.
When is it time to make a move to assisted living?
The best time to make a move is before something happens that forces your loved one to make a move quickly. Some signs that indicate it may be time to consider assisted living include:
• Medication may be taken incorrectly or dosage forgotten
• Meals may be forgotten or spoiled food in the refrigerator
• House is not clean or tidy
• Laundry is piling up or same clothing is repeatedly worn
• Bills are routinely unpaid
• Isolated and lonely
What questions should be considered when touring a community?
1. Are the grounds well-maintained?
2. Is the facility attractive, clean and odor-free?
3. Are there different floor plans? What is the square footage of each?
4. What are the amenities? What is the fee for each?
5. Is there an activities calendar? Ask to see the calendar.
6. Are there options at every meal? Ask to see a menu.
7. Is there an entrance fee?
8. Is there 24-hour staff on-site?
9. What is the monthly rent?
10. Is transportation available?
11. How are medications managed?
What is the best advice for making the transition to assisted living?
It is important to set up the apartment with furnishings that are familiar to your loved one. Be sure to bring photos and personal possessions that are meaningful to provide a home-like feel.