I S A S S I S T A N T L I V I N G
A F T E R S T R O K E F O R Y O U ?
I T C A N A I D E I N Y O U R I N D E P E N D E N C E
A F T E R S T R O K E !
Living in, assistant living after stroke is different in some areas, then in others.
You want to check out the assistant living facility. After stroke, living
in an assistant living facility to me means, a facility where you have your own
living and sleeping quarters. There is medical help nearby, if needed. You
have some or all independence after stroke.
Some assistant living facilities that I have seen in different areas of the country
may consist of a community dining room, where some or all meals are served,
depending on whether you want or are able to cook your own. After stroke,
assistant living can be a great thing. You have your own space and solitude,
yet there are community activities that you can get involved with. There's also,
the medical staff to consider should you need it. I have seen assistant living
facilities that are quite simple, yet can offer what you want and need. I have
also seen ones that are quite elaborate, having their own community within
itself, such as beauty salons, gift shops, and clothing boutiques.
Most assistant living facilites allow you to have your own vehicle, so you may
come and go as you please. Ask about that! Some facilities have their own
buses that take you where you want and/or need to go. Some have monthly
dances...hold holliday parties...have outings to movies, dinner, and some
facilities have daily trips to go on. They may have card night, sports night,
golf outings...ask about the activities. Ask if you can start one!
What about the medical aspect of an assistant living facility after stroke? Again,
this all depends on the facility. You need to ask questions about this...go visit
the facility. How much care do you need? Can they give you what you need?
Discuss this with your doctor! Are the doctors on call and/or on site 24/7? Is
there an exercise room for physical therapy...or just to exercise? What about
your medications? Do you take your own? Are they handed out?
You want to make a list of all the questions you want answered. There will be
many of them. If you don't write them down, you may forget about asking
something. Don't forget to ask about the costs! Or what insurance covers!
After making your list, run copies. This way you can bring a new list to each
assistant living facility. It'll be a good comparison tool for you. You can use
this list for other type of homes. Group homes for the disabled and nursing
homes. You can compare living costs and services to living in your own home.
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