Assisted Living Facilities Are Often Attached to Memory Care Centers

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At the time it was a funny comment.
When your 16 year old daughter told your 85 year old father that she could get him a product that could help him keep track of the digital tablet that he lost so often, your father jokingly asked what he would do with all of that extra time? Everyone at the table laughed.
You laughed because you knew what your dad meant. In the small town where he lived there really was not a lot to do. Fortunately, your father had a couple of different buildings around town that he liked to work at. He tinkered on tractors in one. Worked on mowers in another. Sorted his finds from the latest farm sale in another. It was understandable, in fact, that he sometimes lost things. He had a lot of stuff, and he had a lot of places to put stuff.
A few months later when you were visiting your father, however, you noticed that maybe his tendency to lose things was not really anything that you should be laughing at. You began to wonder, in fact, if it might be time to talk to your father about the future possibility of needing to move into one of the local memory care facilities. You knew that it would be difficult to for him to give up his work sheds, but you were beginning to wonder just how safe it was for your father to be living on his own. When your step mother died 18 months ago you feared that your father would find it difficult to get along by himself. Nearly a year and a half later, you are quite certain that it might be time for your dad to move where he can get some supervised care.
You know that there are some independent senior living apartments that would still give your dad his own space. You also know, however, that these apartments are connected to a more formal memory care center, making it an easy transition when it is necessary.

Conversations About Parents Transitioning Out of Their Home Can be Challenging

Memory Care facilities and other kinds of independent living senior apartments are a viable option for many aging Americans. Finding memory care facilities that allow for patients to transition from a small amount of care to more intensive care are especially popular. Nearly 40% of assisted living residents receive assistance with three or more activities of daily living. And while bathing and dressing are the most common, many of these facilities also offer care in other tasks as well.
Taking the time to have respectful conversations with your adult children can help you avoid difficult conversations later in life. Although the average age of retirement is 63, more and more Americans are living 20, 30, even 40 years beyond this age. And while many people are living a longer life, they are not always able to live on their own for the entire time.

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