Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Facilities are for those who need help with their personal care. It is unlikely you would move into one for the sole purpose of dying there. These are most appropriate for people, usually elders, who are fairly independent and make their own decisions about their activities. However, they may need some help with activities like bathing, dressing, preparing food, taking medications, and/or require closer observation.

Aside from monitoring some vital signs, such as weight and temperature, and giving you your medications, they are not involved in your medical care. They will be able to respond in the event that you need care, including:

  • if you need medical services, such as a visiting nurse or having blood drawn, they will come to you;
  • in the event you become very ill you will be admitted to the hospital; and/or
  • if/when you are approaching the end of your life, hospice will care for you there.

When choosing an assisted living facility, it is most important to consider your level of comfort. Other considerations include the facility, staff, meals, and services.

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