Going to the doctor, attending family events, a trip to the bank or post office: these are among the tasks that residents in assisted living may not be able to do on their own.
Transportation services are often provided by the assisted living community, but there are limits to where and how often the drivers can escort residents.
Caregivers and family members must stay involved after a transition, not just for emotional support, but for the practical aspects. Though meals, personal care, activities, housekeeping, and minimal health care services may be included in the monthly charge, your mother may have friends she wants to visit, your grandfather may prefer the barber he’s seen for years, your spouse may require dialysis on a weekly basis.
Making the decision to move to assisted living should never be based on the idea that everything will be taken care of “in-house.” If you are looking to minimize your involvement as a caregiver (perhaps because you have family or work obligations that are making the balance difficult), be sure to ask lots of questions when visiting prospective communities regarding what is covered and what is not. Recognize that, depending on their answers, you may have to make arrangements for some of these additional needs to be met.
Read more in Simple Ways to Support a Loved One in Assisted Living.