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The What, Why, When, Where and Who of Assisted Living

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living refers to assistance with the activities of daily living.  Activities like Hearing, Seeing, Speech, Mobility, Agility, Pain, Learning, Memory, Developmental, Psychological and other.

Why do we need Assistance with the activities of Daily Living?

Most of the above frailties result as part of the aging process.  Difficulty in learning may be because of conditions such as attention problems, hyperactivity or dyslexia.  Memory difficulties may be associated with Alzheimer’s disease, brain injuries or other similar conditions. Developmental issues arise due to the presence of a developmental disability or disorder, such as Down syndrome, autism or mental impairment caused by a lack of oxygen at birth. Psychologicalproblems may be due to the presence of an emotional, psychological or psychiatric condition, such as phobias, depression, schizophrenia, drinking or drug problems.

When do we need Assistance?

The assistance is usually provided by one’s significant other or family.  But, as we age, the differing life expectancy between males and females results in the loss of that primary care giver starting after age 65 and increasing thereafter.  With today’s changing social structures families are faced with work pressures or struggling with their children.  Many are not able to provide the required assistance that is typically needed throughout the day.

Where can we get Assistance with the Activities of Daily Living?

Assistance can obtained from family members, home care and community support organizations. The amount of help may be limited.  Dedicated retirement homes that provide  this service do so on a 24 hour, 7 day basis.

Who provides Assistance with the activities of Daily Living?

Retirement homes may provide assisted living.  Many residences offer aging in place services that are delivered to your suite.  If the need increases, many times a resident is moved to an assisted living floor or wing where suites are smaller (to offset the cost of the additional care) and the care can be delivered more efficiently.

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