Families are sometimes faced with difficult decisions when an elderly loved one is no longer able to live alone. There are many different types of living arrangements for seniors who can no longer take care of themselves on a daily basis, however, choosing the best option for that person can be overwhelming and stressful.
If an elderly person is unable to perform basic daily tasks without help, and has no family near by to help them, they might be a great candidate for assisted living. An assisted living facility is one that provides the elderly with a place to live and assists with activities of daily living, or ADLs. These activities are ones that the senior can no longer do without assistance, and can include grocery shopping, driving, dressing, showering, cooking and managing medication.
Assisted living facilities range from apartment-type living to shared rooms and private rooms. Depending on what the facility has available, the senior could have a roommate in a double room, which would be the cheapest option. There are also single bedroom-style living arrangements, which are very basic and also cheaper. Then there are also some that have a scaled-down kitchen and bedroom, almost like an apartment. The more extravagant the living quarters, the more expensive it is to live there. Typically, the more amenities the facility has available, the more expensive it will be. For example, in Utah a private, single bedroom at an ALF, on average, costs $33,000 annually.
One of the best things about assisted living facilities, or ALFs is that they provide assistance round-the-clock if needed while also allowing the individual to venture out into the community and maintain their independence. Most facilities provide residents with transportation to and from social events, doctor appointments, shopping or recreational activities. This allows the elderly individual to be a part of the community and participate in activities beyond what the facility has to offer.
A Provo assisted living facility is a great choice for seniors who enjoy community activities. The city is full of recreational centers for seniors which host games of all types. Eldred Senior Center is located in Provo and available to seniors who want to exercise, have their blood pressure checked or socialize with peers. There are plenty of movie theaters, shopping centers and museums located in Provo that would be ideal for a recreational trip. Provo assisted living provides transportation to and from grocery stores and other area attractions so that seniors aren’t isolated to their rooms.
Finding the right fit for the individual is important when it comes to choosing the facility. Researching the best options can be a stressful task for anyone involved, especially the elderly individual who is about to transition into a new way of life. Seniorliving.org helps educate people about assisted living and has done research on hundreds of facilities.