As a loved one gets older, family members, friends and neighbors begin dropping by to check on him or her to see if help is needed. A family member may even move in, but over time that arrangement stops being a good one for either party.
The at-risk family member is accustomed to freedom; the caregiving family member has a life of their own that needs attention. The family starts talking about care options, but none of them seem appealing at first. As time passes, the elderly relative needs more and more attention, and while the care isn’t constant, it is consistent day after day.
They may need help toileting, dressing, grooming and getting into and out of the shower/bath tub safely. Also cooking, cleaning house and doing laundry are becoming more difficult. Something needs to be done before a fall or accident happens. The answer may be assisted living. Assisted living communities provide a step between fully independent living and skilled nursing or adult foster homes. It is for people who value their independence, yet need some help with life’s daily chores and personal care.