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The Pros and Cons of Assisted Living Communities: How to Weigh Up the Choices

Before you decide on assisted living,
take into account positive and negative aspects.

Assisted living communities are suitable choices for loved ones who are finding life a little bit more challenging than in the past. Usually, they won’t have major medical needs at this time. So, they may be quite healthy and active and don’t require nursing care or are not exhibiting problems related to Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

An elderly man holding a walking cane
While assisted living communities are suitable choices for loved ones when they
find life a little more challenging, you should talk to them first if you think they might
need a regular assistance and medical care.

Just needing a bit more help than usual isn’t a bad thing. However, because as mothers and daughters, we’re often a bit rushed ourselves, we don’t have as much time as we’d like to lend a helping hand. So, when a parent regularly needs our assistance, it might be time to consider an assisted living community to help where you cannot.

Here are some pros and cons to assisted living communities.

Pro – Home Setting without the Difficulties Maintaining It

Knowing when assisted living is needed is important. It avoids your loved one being left needing more help and not being able to get it. They may choose not to speak up, not complain, and increasingly adjust their life to do without. This leads increasingly to a sense of powerlessness and losing their voice while still trying to maintain their independence at the same time.

An assisted living community allows them to have a pleasant place to live without needing to handle the cleaning, maintenance, and other responsibilities of owning a home. This gives them more time each day without as much stress or inconvenience.

Con – An ill-founded Fear of Losing Their Independence

Some parents may not like the idea of going into any community and prefer to stay at home. They may need to see the community firsthand and meet some of its residents to assure themselves that they won’t lose their independence. And that’s perfectly fine.

While there will be some rules to adhere to, for the most part, residents can do what they please. Such communities are designed to make life easier for seniors, not to limit their life options.

Pro – Services Adapt to Their Needs

Communities that support seniors are designed to adapt to their changing needs.

It is a standard approach to the services provided because the providers understand that people’s lives are never static. What is needed today might be different from the fresh challenges of tomorrow when getting around is a little harder or food preferences have changed due to stomach sensitivity.

Con – Socializing More May Be a Change from the Past

For a parent who has been staying at home more often, and possibly who previously lost a life-long partner too, they may be too accustomed to being alone.

While they may not prefer that, socializing in a group setting or participating in group activities may be something they require time to adjust to. However, once it becomes clear that making new friends has a lot of upside to it, they’re likely to come out of their shells again.

When weighing up the choices for your parent, don’t limit yourself. They’re likely to still be extremely capable despite needing more help than you can reasonably provide. An assisted living community may be just the thing to support them going forward.

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