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When someone with Alzheimer’s disease can’t live alone anymore, an assisted living facility is one way to make sure she gets the care and attention she needs in a safe place. The decision to move is not an easy one for you, your loved one, and your family to make. Here’s how to tell if it’s the right option for your loved one’s situation and how to choose a good facility.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a type of housing for people who need help with some medical and personal care but can still handle some parts of daily living on their own.

Most facilities are designed to feel like home and encourage residents to be as independent as they can be. You and your loved one can choose the services you want the staff to take on and those your loved one can handle. Living spaces can be individual rooms, apartments, or shared quarters.

Assisted living services vary from place to place, but they usually include:

  • One to three meals a day
  • Medication reminders
  • Help with dressing, bathing, and other personal care
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • 24-hour emergency care
  • Some medical services
  • Social and recreational activities

How Do I Know if My Loved One Needs Assisted Living?

As Alzheimer’s gets worse, your loved one may start to need more care and supervision. It may be more than you can handle as a caregiver. As you think about her day-to-day needs, consider these questions:

  • Do you worry about her health or safety when she’s alone at home?
  • Are you physically able to handle her care?
  • Does the help she needs keep you from your work, family, or personal life? Are you feeling more stressed, irritable, or burned out?
  • Would the structure and social life in a care facility be good for her?

What Should I Look for in a Facility?

The best way to judge the quality of an assisted living facility is to see it in person and talk to staff and residents. When you make visits, take these checklists with you.

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