A common question some seniors have when it comes to discussing assisted living is whether or not they keep their individual rights. It is a reasonable concern, especially given how little many of us know about the details of senior living environments and the senior care it provides.
In truth, assisted living is about helping aging men and women maintain quality of life and dignity in a community environment. That means they shouldn’t surrender any of their inalienable rights just to move in.
What about for those who have dementia?
If an aging senior has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, they will need support. A memory care assisted living community can be a great asset, but does that also mean they have to accept certain provisions in order to make the most of this living environment?
A person with more advanced stages, signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, for example, may be limited on mobility. They may not be able to leave the grounds on their own accord. That’s because of the increased risk of wandering, getting lost, disoriented, or having their safety compromised.
In that type of scenario, an elderly person may not have the ability to walk around outside without a staff member, other resident, or family member supporting them.
Does that mean they have surrendered all of their rights? Of course not.
In this type of situation, it is all about keeping the senior safe. Still, that senior does have rights. They have the right to be treated fairly. They have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. They have the right to decide whether or not they will participate in certain activities or if they would prefer to be left alone in the safety of the facility itself.
For those seniors concerned about their rights and the senior care provided, they should book a tour.
A quality assisted living community will provide tours of their grounds, the rooms, and other aspects of their facility. Today, those tours might be virtual, but an elderly person can ask questions, learn a great deal about what assisted living offers, and realize they don’t have to surrender any of their rights just to move into one of these communities.
Assisted living can be one of the best assets for aging men and women, especially if they are dealing with increased challenges and struggles to maintain quality of life, cleanliness of their home, and don’t want to be bothered with those details, but still want to enjoy spending time with friends, playing games, participating in activities, and so much more.