Q and A
Q. When is it time to look for an assisted living facility?
Assisted living is not only for the old. One needs to consider going to an assisted living facility when our bodies can no longer perform simple tasks without help. This can be due to some illness ie. Stroke, or because of old age. As we grow old our bodies become weak and our memories start to fail. When a senior cannot perform simple everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, preparing food, walking etc without assistance or when they start forgetting persons, places, directions, etc then going to an assisted living facility allows them to continue on with life in a secure and safe environment.
Q . Are all assisted living facilities the same?
No. Assisted living varies in services, levels of care, activities, dining, etc. Choose one where you are comfortable that your loved ones will get the care they need. Talk to their residents, tour the facility, talk with the administrator and staff. A good relationship between the family and the staff will go a long way in making the transition a rewarding experience.
Q. What can I bring from my house?
Most residents bring their own bed, linen, side table and lamps. A recliner, sofa or desk may be helpful. Having your own microwave and small refrigerator may come in handy.
Q. Are pets allowed?
A small pet is allowed. A pet fee may be required.
Q. Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is permitted in designated areas. You cannot smoke inside your room.
Q. How much does staying in an assisted living cost?
The fees depend on the facility, their services and the level of care needed. A pre-move -in evaluation will be conducted to determine the rates. Numerous diversion programs assist seniors that need to stay in an assisted living. Each diversion program have different payment and assistance requirements.
Q. If my needs change do I have to move?
If the facility can provide the assistance you need then you do not have to move. Aging in place programs allow home health, hospice or other third party providers to care for you in the assisted living facility . In some cases transferring to a higher level of care ie nursing home or to lock down unit for wanderers may be required.