Becoming elderly brings on many different health issues, some of major concern while others may simply be caused by the regular aches and pains of an aging body. There is just not much anyone can do to prevent this, other than living as healthy a life as is possible. Even so, there may come a point where you can’t live as independently as you would wish. You may not be ready for a full fledged nursing home, but help with everyday activities like getting dressed, preparing meals or just being secure in the knowledge that a professional healthcare worker is always around, may be helpful. This is when you may wish to consider Tuscaloosa Assisted living options.
How is Assisted Living Different from a Nursing Home?
Assisted living facilities are just one step down from living independently in your home. They are senior apartments within a facility that has healthcare options, making it more convenient to get help with everyday activities you can no longer perform for yourself done. However, assisted living comes in an apartment like setting which also gives you the independence you want to keep. This type of community offers you private one bedroom with kitchenette options, but also allows you to call an emergency healthcare worker within a few minutes for a needed task or emergency.
Yes, you can have a home healthcare worker visit your home, but often this is a more expensive option. Then there are also the inconveniences that occur when the worker cannot arrive, cancels, gets sick or has some other emergency preventing him from getting to your door. Assisted living communities vary in price depending on the services, amenities and your healthcare needs. In Alabama assisted living facilities have a general cost of about $35,370 dollars, but again this will vary from facility to facility.
Tuscaloosa is in west central Alabama, and sits on the Warrior River. Considered the fifth largest city in the state with 90,000 residents, it has most medical and emergency facilities. In fact, Tuscaloosa is known as the regional center in West Alabama for commerce, education and healthcare. But healthcare is not the only reason you would want to choose Tuscaloosa. This city has also received many recommendations as a wonderful quality-of-life city. In fact, the U.S. Conference of Mayors named it the most livable city in America in 2011.
How to Find the Right Tuscaloosa Assisted Living Community?
The best place to start looking for the perfect community is through SeniorLiving.org. This website will list available communities, along with phone numbers and addresses in the Tuscaloosa area. Armed with this information, you can then call the communities, ask about amenities, features, available activities and costs.