The choice to move to an assisted living facility is a hard choice for most of the again population. Most people don’t want to give up their independence. They have always taken care of themselves and, in most cases, taken care of others. So, when the time comes to require help from others, a person may feel like they are losing a sense of self.
Why Someone Might Need Assisted Living Help
Assisted living is not the same thing as a nursing home. Nursing homes provide 24 hour care to those who are no longer able to look after them self. Assisted living is different. Most of the people who require assisted living are those who need a bit of extra help with their activities of daily living. Things such as medication administration, cooking, getting to appointments, help with finances, and other daily tasks.
- As a person ages, these things become much more challenging to keep track of. Missing a medication dose can have dire consequences on someone’s health. This can lead to more hospital visits and declining health.
- – Being able to feed one’s self becomes harder and harder as we age. Preparing meals can be challenging if the person has any pain issues due to aging. Sometimes people become “forgetful” and can leave the stove on, making cooking as safety issue. Even getting to the grocery store can pose a problem in some cases.
- – As we age, our health declines. It is important to keep up with medical appointments so that we can prevent or at least control any health issues that come along. If a person is unable to see a doctor on a regular basis, keeping on top of their health can become a real challenge.
- – Keeping track of finances is hard even when you aren’t part of the aging population. It is easy to forget to pay a bill or to overdraft a bank account. Even getting to the bank to resolve these issues can seem overwhelming.
Assisted living facilities are simply there to help with all of these things. They are available to give someone the tools required to keep a person independent longer. Most of these facilities allow the person to leave the premises as they please. They can even keep driving so long as it is deemed safe. Assisted living is like a safety net for those who require a bit of help with their activities of daily living.
Aging is inevitable but it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to live life as you please. Sometimes you just need a bit of help and it is OK to ask for it.