Are assisted living facilities right for me?

An assisted-living facility provides help to seniors, with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, walking, managing medications, toileting, and eating).  Somewhere in between living at home and a nursing home, in terms of the level of care provided. The facilities have planned activities, housekeeping and laundry, transportation, meals, exercise and wellness programs, and opportunities to socialize with other residents. Generally, residents, depending on their capabilities, have freedom to do what they want to do, but they also get support from trained caregivers. However, if an older adult has a serious medical condition that requires skilled care, an assisted living, is not the correct choice. Although, some assisted-living facilities have a special lock-down areas, that provide Alzheimer’s care. Additionally, the State of Maryland regulate Assisted living facilities.

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