Assisted living is a living option for those who are finding it increasingly difficult to get dressed, shower, run errands or keep appointments. It is a way of life that offers help when you need it but also gives a a person as much independence as possible in their daily life.
For some, assisted living is a good option if they need additional help but do not need the help and guidance that comes with a nursing home. At this kind of facility, safety and security are provided 24 hours a day and access to care is available, no matter if it is during the day or late at night. At an assisted living center, a personalized plan of care is given for each person. Some assisted living programs offer an apartment style of living, while others are arranged in a residential style or in a renovated school. Most assisted living facilities have areas for social and recreational activities and a group dining area.
Other amenities that most assisted living facilities offer are: an independent lifestyle where you have your own living area, available transportation for appointments and social events, a homey atmosphere and support and help with daily tasks such as personal grooming. Household chores are also taken care of by a friendly and professional staff.
In addition, an assisted living facility also takes care of health care needs such as assistance with dressing, eating, walking, bathing and medication needs. Most importantly, there are no hidden fees with assisted living. Everything, such as security, housekeeping and transportation are included in the cost of assisted living.
There are certain details that will show you if an assisted living center is right for you such as: the staff taking time to talk with you about their facility, residents appearing to be happy and enjoying activities, the facility looks homey, clean and comfortable, has activities that look interesting, has transportation available and takes care of health problems in a timely manner. Of course, it is important to find out if they are licensed and checking out your local Better Business Bureau can show you if any complaints have been given lodged against their facility.
Keep in mind that an assisted living facility is not for everyone. However, if you or a family member is finding it harder to get around, that every day chores are becoming harder to do and taking care of personal needs is worsening, then an assisted living center is for you. With a caring staff to take care of your needs and a place where you can feel at home and have the transportation and security when you need it, an assisted program can be most helpful.
At our facility in Richmond, California there are some interesting sites to check out such as the Hilltop Mall, the Golden State Model Railroad Museum and Brooks Island. At our website–SeniorLiving.Org you will find additional information on assisted living such as: healthcare, retirement planning, information on independent living and various locations of assisted living in your area.