Whether you or your loved one is getting older, you may be starting to think about assisted living. In the past, the traditional nursing home often created an image of crowded rooms, a hospital-type environment, and an unpleasant picture of senior living. In today’s world, many assisted living communities are offering real options for seniors that need a little or a lot of daily support, but also help to promote independence and social connections in a place that feels as comfortable just like your home. Do you hold any of these misconceptions about assisted living?
Is Assisted Living Too Expensive?
Now might be an opportune moment to sit down and total up all the current living expenses that may include a mortgage, monthly utility bills, cleaning services, home health care, or even the loss of an income because a family member is staying home to provide crucial assistance. Many assisted living facilities include many of these services under a single cost, which can be comparable or lower than your current expenses.
Is There a Loss of Independence?
How often is your elderly loved one, or perhaps yourself, sitting home waiting for a ride to the store or just to run out and grab a burger? Many residential communities provide regular transportation to stores, museums, movie theaters, and other popular destinations. Some residents discover a renewed sense of independence and connection with society.
Is there a Loss of Privacy?
Assisted living homes are as diverse as the houses in your neighborhood. Some feature entire apartments with a kitchen, accessible bath, guest rooms, or private patios. Most residences feature private bedrooms with a private bath where you are free to close your door and enjoy your privacy. Daily check-ins by the staff can often be included with mealtimes or when you pick up your mail.
Is it Boring?
Back in the day, you or your parent may have been active in community groups such as garden clubs, historical societies, book clubs, music groups, and fitness classes. Many residential communities offer a wide variety of classes, clubs, and groups. Since everything happens on-site, you are never stuck at home and unable to visit with your friends and family. Your community may also earn group rates for concerts, lectures, or dining experiences. There is almost always something enjoyable to do.
Do you feel like you would be losing the comfort and familiarity of home?
Residents are encouraged to personalize their places with their furniture, curtains, rugs, art, and cherished knick-knacks. Your family is welcome to spend as much time as possible, visiting with rooms available to host a full-scale celebration! You can get your mail, internet, and favorite cable stations. Yes, even some residences allow pets! It’s sort of like enjoying all the best parts of your home without having to cook or clean every single day. Of course, if you want to prepare a meal, even residences with private bedroom suites usually offer a fully equipped communal kitchen for your use.
Would you like to learn more about aging your way and options for assisted living in the Riverside County and Inland Empire area of California? Rancho Family Aging Services offer family concierge support and can provide information and access to home care, assisted living, and other services designed to help you tackle this daunting part of life.