One of the major concerns of old age is to be able to continue to lead a normal healthy life of dignity, in the privacy of what we call home, and the liberty to make personal choices. This idea of a free and safe retired life is most often threatened due to lack of awareness, support (financial and otherwise) and resources, and at a time when we are the most vulnerable.
The situation is one of the most difficult ones to be in, and is equally unpleasant for family members of the senior citizen. The most difficult question near ones face is to decide where to keep the senior adult that ensures safety, round-the-clock care, along with a helping hand at day-to-day activities. While many of our older family members may not need support 24 hours a day, there are the more aged members of our families (like the ageing grandparent) who may need to be looked after at regular intervals and may need help with every little activity. One option people try is assisted living, because it seemingly sounds perfect, with a promise of ‘assistance’ to the aged al through the day and night. However, before you take such a decision and move your dear one away from the familiar surroundings of his or her home, research carefully. It is necessary that you know the reality of assisted living facilities, and what exactly you should expect from such arrangements.
Let us first understand who is assisted-living meant for. Put simply, it is a facility meant for ageing adults who find it difficult to live independently, and want to opt for an economic way to avail senior care. So assisted living services are mainly used by senior adults who need assistance with daily activities but are not in need of constant medical treatment. As such, these facilities are supposed to be equipped with caregivers and amenities that help senior adults socialize, share facilities, and live a dignified life as a community.
In reality, most assisted living facilities become a place which hosts multiple ageing adults, each with unique needs. With age, they get more demanding, and their need to be taken care of increases. Added to that, is the setback of separation from family, the familiar surroundings to live at a place away from what they called their home. This itself is a situation which can be a challenge to deal with at this late stage of life.
One of the major drawbacks of assisted living is lack of personal care. Even if there are caregivers to attend to the routine needs of the residents, each ageing adult has some unique and specific needs which seldom get met. Ageing adults have different nutritional needs and fitness support requirement. The same equation may not fit them all, and as a result they may cause deficiencies and difficulties which remain unnoticed. While most inmates become frail and weak with age, and need a hand with physical activity, some need a constant reminder …