If you’re never had a reason to investigate assisted living, you may not have a clear picture of what it entails.
There are retirement homes and retirement communities for those of us who are able to live independently, but in cases where medical conditions or other debilitation require care to be provided by others, assisted living is often the preferred alternative.
On average, about 40% of assisted living residents need some help with three or more daily activities. Two of the most common are bathing and dressing. And more than 75% of them have suffered or are suffering from at least two of the 10 most common chronic health problems. Among those are high blood pressure, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
There are nearly three times as many women in assisted living as men (74% versus 24%).
Assisted living in Illinois can be found existing side-by-side with not only skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation accommodations but even independent living residences, all of them consolidated into a comprehensive senior care environment.
At assisted living facilities, a broad spectrum of services can be provided. There’s 24-hour supervision, of course, three daily meals and snacks in a communal dining room, and an emphasis upon quality of life that includes personal care and health care services, transportation, laundry, medication management and more.
In one study, more that half of people responding said their greatest fear of developing a long-term illness was becoming a burden on their families. In fact, that possibility worries them five times as much as the prospect of death does.
Research shows that those who become part of a retirement community enjoy it more than they thought they would. They have a greater tendency to make friends and try new things. And retirees who engage in three or more activities on a regular basis tend to be happier than those who do not.