Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Driving and other activities in Assisted Living Facilities

Many seniors burrow in and say they want to stay in their own homes until they die, but unless they’re involved in activities outside their home, they often find themselves isolated and lonely. Watching TV and watering plants all day can grow old. Depression can set in and lack of stamina can make the idea of moving unthinkable.
The time might come however, when they realize they need some assistance with daily activities such as bathing, grooming and dressing. Seniors could hire someone to come to their home a few days per week to assist, but if full time care is needed, that may not be enough. In addition to the assistive services offered for those 55+ years old, assisted living facilities provide the much-needed opportunity for socializing, so important for healthy aging.
What makes assisted living so appealing is that residents have as much independence as they want with the knowledge that support services are available if needed. Some states allow the facilities to offer medication assistance and if additional health care services are needed, they frequently contract with in-home agencies.
Depending on the facility, some assisted living residents still own cars and can come and go as they please. One attractive aspect of assisted living is the variety of forms these centers take.
Some are in residential homes with a few residents and others, large centers offering a multitude of services and amenities.
Larger assisted living facilities often resemble swank retirement centers. In fact, many retirement centers have assisted living facilities as part of their compounds. Some have gourmet chefs for community meals, nice kitchens for home cooking, gyms and spas for health, physical fitness and comfort and garages for cars, as well as buses for group transportation.
Assisted living facilities are not regulated by the same laws governing nursing homes and they have much more leeway in determining the services they offer.
Be sure to research what the facility offers and ask what services are included in the contract and if there are any add-on charges for additional services.
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