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Choosing assisted living

Posted April 02, 2014 in Advice Column, Clear Lake

There are many different options when it comes to choosing an assisted living community. Not every community is going to be just right for every individual.

Many will offer three meals a day, housekeeping and transportation to shopping, medical appointments and any other appointments you may have. They will also offer medication management, around-the-clock security and staffing available to help with scheduled needs as well as any other issues that may arise. Assisted living will provide health and wellness programs and many other social activities to help maintain that quality of life that all of us deserve. It is important to take time, tour and ask the right questions in order to find the right home for you or your loved one.

If exercise is important to you, does the community have a designated space for exercise or an organized program that meets your needs? If you enjoy pets or have one of your own, is the community pet friendly? Is food important to you? (Of course it is.) Then ask to sample the food, stay for a meal or schedule a time to come back during meal time.

One suggestion might be to write down the specific things that are most important to you and your lifestyle. Bring these questions with you to ask during your tour. Is memory care important to you in your decision making?  With the rapidly growing rate of Alzheimer’s disease, many assisted living communities have designated a portion of their building to provide a safe, secure memory care program where residents can live a quality life with others who need a higher level of assistance with their activities of daily living.  This could be an important decision maker when choosing a place if one suffers from memory loss. The transition from an assisted living apartment to a memory care apartment under one roof is much easier on the resident and family than having to move elsewhere.

With all the options, it is most important to know assisted living offers choice and the right to privacy, dignity and respect to every resident it serves.

Information provided by Deb Slusarczyk, manager, Country Meadow Place, 17396 Kingbird Ave., Mason City, 641-423-7722, www.countrymeadowplace.com.





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