If you don’t require the level of care a nursing home provides but home care alone is not sufficient, assisted living may be the answer. It’s designed for anyone who needs assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, mobility and using the bathroom, with staff on hand to assist 24 hours a day.
Living spaces can be individual rooms or apartments depending on budget. Assisted living offers a home-like setting with mini kitchens to promote independence.
Communal spaces are provided for dining, social and recreational activities. Costs vary according to how much assistance is given.
- Independence – for those reluctant to live in a nursing home but for whom home care is not enough, assisted living can be a good compromise, promoting a feeling of independence but with daily support.
- Access to care – staff are available 24 hours a day and can assist with management of regular medications as well as trips and appointments.
- Lifestyle – living with others can reduce feelings of loneliness. Meals and group activities at regular times can help build a positive sense of routine; shopping and entertainment trips may be offered too.
- Facilities – there’s access to health and exercise classes and equipment.
- Peace of mind – assisted living offers a relatively secure environment.
- Independence – this may be an issue as you no longer control your own space and may have to part with many possessions.
- Access to care – it’s important to look at what services are offered to ensure that needs are properly met.
- Lifestyle – some may not relish the idea of living in a facility that houses lots of other people. With rules on smoking and pets, schedules for meals and other activities, life may become very different.
- Finances – most assisted living facilities charge a monthly rent with fees added for additional services.