As we age, our capacity for self-care begins to diminish, but the process is gradual. As such, we may reach a stage where tending to our needs becomes difficult, but we are still mostly capable of looking after ourselves. At this point in your life, it could be worthwhile to consider the benefits of moving into an assisted living facility.
The advantage of an assisted living residence is that while there are staff members who can monitor your condition, you will also be able to be as self-sufficient as possible. In other words, you can have your independence, but still be secure in the knowledge that help is at the ready if you should need it.
Typically, an assisted living facility offers meals, activities, personal care and round-the-clock supervision. And at some residences, healthcare-related services are available. But because the different facilities offer different amenities and charge different rates, it is important to figure out your needs and budget before making your choice.
The following are just a few of the questions that could aid you in your quest to find the perfect location:
- How much space do I need?
- Do I want a kitchen or do I only want to have my food prepared for me?
- What specific health services do I require?
- Do I need a facility that can fill my transportation needs?
- What needs will become more pronounced as time goes on?
These are just some basic questions that could help you narrow your choices. But elder care decisions will impact every aspect of your life, including your finances. As such, it can be very helpful to seek the advice from a source that can look at your situation from a holistic standpoint.
An experienced elder law attorney can provide you with valuable assistance as you are looking to transition to an assisted living residence. The attorney can look at your circumstances and help you make a choice that works on both an economical and personal level.