Three Common Questions Some Seniors Have About Assisted Living
Assisted living is a wonderful option for many seniors. It’s not for everyone, but for the vast majority of aging men and women who may have some difficulty at home, no longer wish to worry about the maintenance and cleanliness of their house, or want to be surrounded by peers their own age, friends they haven’t seen in a while, and be able to participate in activities and enjoy entertainment without a thought, assisted living is great. It is perhaps one of the better elder care options for those who may struggle at home, especially if they’re living alone.
Convincing an aging senior to think about assisted living is not always easy. They will have questions. Some of those questions are intended to short-circuit or eliminate the conversation altogether, but many of them are actually genuine.
Below are three of the more common questions some elderly men and women might have when it comes to assisted living.
Question #1: Do I have a choice in the matter?
When Reginald’s children stopped by for a visit, he knew something was up. Rarely did they all arrive at the same time. They didn’t get along all that well with one another, and his guard went up immediately.
They began talking about assisted living as an elder care option. His response was immediate and guarded. He asked, in a rough tone, “Do I have a choice in the matter?”
Two of his children were about to say no, it would be best for him, but the eldest said, “Of course you do. And we will support you whatever you choose.”
It is the elderly person’s choice and when you acknowledge that and support whatever decision he or she makes, it becomes easier for them to be open to the idea of assisted living.
Question #2: Will I be alone there?
Many people have the wrong idea about assisted living. They think they are going to be alone, unable to make friends. In truth, many seniors reconnect with friends they had in the past and make many, many new friends within a matter of days or weeks.
An elderly person will not be alone at assisted living. Of course, the quality of the assisted living facility will make a difference, but for the better ones, staff will be encouraging and supportive of new residents to help them get the lay of the land, know where everything is, and what activities are taking place so they can meet other seniors their age who share common interests.
Question #3: What could I do there?
This is a facility specific question. You can’t tell somebody about assisted living and all of the activities they can enjoy if you don’t know for sure what a specific facility will offer.
So, before you have this conversation, look at a couple of assisted living communities in the area or one you know is high quality and find out what kind of activities they provide. Arts and crafts? Entertainment? Transportation to the local mall, other shopping centers, art galleries, museums, and so forth?
The more you know, the easier it is to answer this question honestly.