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Not a Nursing Home and Not Living with Your Children - Assisted Living is an Option for Many Seniors.

Assisted living is a good option for many seniors who require some assistance and no longer want to live alone.


Assisted living is an exciting option for seniors who need some help with activities of daily living yet want to retain as much independence and privacy as possible.

Meals, laundry and housekeep are standard as are a variety of activities and outings.

Assisted living facilities are licensed and regulated by individual states, which explains why there can be differences in terminolgy and services in different areas of the country.

Assisted living is a good option for many seniors who require some assistance and no longer want to live alone. It offers the comforts of home with the benefits of community life. Many seniors feel safer living in a community where help is available should they experience a decline in their personal or mental health. In the assisted living community, dining services are provided as well as housekeeping, laundry, and general maintenance. In addition, there is a wide range of activities planned to keep the residents involved and active. Personal care such as showering and dressing assistance and medication management is available for those who require it.

Many seniors today, who lived through the depression, find it difficult to imagine that an option such as assisted living is available to them. When they were younger, it seemed there were just two choices for the elderly: live with their grown children or go to a nursing home. They often don't want to be a burden to their children and many of them dread the idea of going to a nursing home. The idea of assisted living is new to them and they may never have been exposed to it.

As a first step, plan a visit to an assisted living facility. If you have friends or relatives who live in assisted living, plan to see them and find out what they like about the assisted living community. If you don't know anyone to visit in an assisted living community, call a community in your neighborhood and as to schedule a visit. You will be pleasantly surprised when you see the life style that more than one million seniors are living today in assisted living homes.


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Learn as much as you can about all the senior housing options that are available in your area. Everything you read and each facility you visit will help you to get closer to determining your own need. There are adult family homes, retirement communities, board and care homes, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other options. With all these options, and maybe because there are so many choices, it can be overwhelming. There's nothing wrong with getting help.

A few of the services offered by assisted living placement services are:
1) Determining if Assisted Living is Right for You
2) Determining the level of care needed
3) Locating the home or facility best suited to your needs
4) Helping you to negotiate the lowest possible price for you and your family
5) Helping you with finanacial planning so that your resources can be used wisely to cover the costs involved
6) Ensuring that the facility you choose is able to handle any special needs that you may have.

There are a number of placement agencies that will be more than happy to help you sort through the maze and make the best choice for your loved one. This is their field of expertise and they are happy to share the knowledge they've gathered with you. A few of our favorites are A Place For Mom, Elderlink, and Assisted Living. In Southern California and Southern Arizona, one of our favorites is Assisted Living Placements. Most referral agencies (also called placement agencies) will provide their services free of charge.