Old age certainly brings its share of challenges. One of them is relinquishing your independence. This is often a gradual process that may include giving up your driver’s license, or moving closer to family. For many people, the process includes moving in with adult children. For others, it includes moving into an assisted living facility. The question is, however, how do you know if assisted living is right for you or your spouse, or when to make the transition?
According to one tally, there are approximately 29,000 assisted living facilities in the United States. In general, these facilities cater to adults who do not need constant supervision offered in a nursing home, but may need occasional help. Depending on their circumstances, residents may need help with daily living activities such as meal preparation, personal hygiene and more. They may also need medical care.
Depending on the type of assisted living facility available, locally or regionally, you may have your choice of accommodations and amenities. These may include private apartments or shared rooms and private or communal dining, and various activities. With so many facilities to choose from, you will likely find one that suits you.
You may want to start thinking about moving to assisted living if:
- You are having trouble paying bills
- The mail is stacking up
- You can no longer do any yard work or outdoor maintenance
- You are having difficulty with routine household chores
- You no longer have healthy home meals on a regular basis
- You are no longer confident in your ability to drive safely
- You feel unsafe at home
- You struggle with feelings of loneliness, isolation, or depression
- Your health has declined
Moving into an assisted living facility is such an important decision and one you may not want to make it on your own. It is recommended, however, that you talk it over with your family, and/or your doctor. You may also want to consult your financial adviser or banker. Better yet, consider chatting with an experienced elder law attorney. He or she can help identify the important legal considerations associated with this decision. Our office is happy to help. You may always call our office to arrange an appointment.