Medical professionals evaluate an individual’s independence, and ability to live on their own by their ability to perform Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs. ADLs are almost exclusively used by medical professionals to evaluate functionality of the elderly and the disabled as a way to decide where they can live.
For instance, Norm is 50 and his mother, Sarah, is 80. She has lived with Norm and his family for the past 20 years, since her own husband’s death. Sarah enjoyed helping raise her grand kids. A few years ago Norm and his family noticed Sarah started misplacing her keys, and was taking longer recalling details about her day to day activities.
At subsequent doctor’s visits, it was determined that her forgetfulness is actually Alzheimer’s and has been progressing to a point where the family needs to make a hard decision. They could bring in-home nurses and certified nurse’s assistants into the home. Under some programs, Medicare will provide assistance. The family’s concerns go beyond that, though.
They fear that she has become a hazard to the community, her family, and the household in general. Now’s the time for them to find an assisted living center in their home town of Plymouth in Minnesota. She needs around the clock attention, to make sure she does not run away or set fire to the center. She had an incident last month where she walked out to the mailbox in the middle of the night (luckily it was summertime) where she fell asleep for a few hours. She forgot that she had oil heating up to fry some chicken the other week, and nearly caused a fire. Luckily her family caught her then too.
The first place to start the search for an assisted living facility is on SeniorLiving.org. There, her loved ones found Plymouth Assisted Living facility result and further narrowed down the search to include special memory care centers to tend to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s.
Plymouth assisted living centers include a variety of options. Some are deemed independent living centers. These allow the elderly a place to live in accordance with their own lifestyle, but with a focus on having some companionship. There may be social outings as well as different events featured onsite and offsite.
Assisted living facilities, or ALFs, provide more variety in their specifics of health and well-being care. Some may simply provide meal preparation and medication reminders or housecleaning, while still others provide for physical therapy for say arthritic clients.
There are some centers that provide for the full continuum of care from independent living, to assisted living, to memory care, to include skilled nursing and convalescence and even hospice and palliative care. Whatever the needs are, Norm has the ability to locate a center where the family can take comfort and peace of mind in knowing his mother, Sarah, will be out of harm’s way and a short drive away from them.
In his family’s case, in home residential senior care was not a practical option. Though, many prefer to spend their golden years in the home where they raised their family. They may not want to leave their spouse behind in a big, empty house. Families have many options when determining care options and living situations for their aging parents.