My grandmother is getting on in years and starting to forget things. She cannot remember, for instance, things that she said to people or how to complete some of the simplest of tasks. We have thought about placing her in a senior center where she can be more closely supervised, but we first have to look at the pros and cons of assisted living for seniors.
I think the biggest pro of assisted living for seniors is the constant supervision they are under. I know that she will be a lot more safe with nurses and health care professionals around than she will be in her second story apartment. If anything were to happen, she would have someone there to help her immediately and would not have to worry about some of the difficulties that seniors sometimes face, such as getting up after falling or being able to get out of the bath tub.
Another big pro when it comes to assisted living for seniors is that she would be around people of her own age. We try to spend as much time with her as possible, but the reality is that we all have our own lives, and are just not interested in many of the same things she is. If she was at an assisted living facility, she would be able to socialize and go on outings and have that companionship that she is really lacking right now.
Probably the biggest con to an assisted living for seniors facility is the lack of freedom she would have. She has always been able to live in her own place and make her own decisions. It is apparent that she takes a lot of pride in how she keeps her home and her independence. Those things would be largely gone with a move to such a place, and I can only imagine how that would feel for her.
Another problem with an assisted living for seniors center is that she hates the idea of being isolated from the rest of her family. While she does live on her own, she is only a few blocks from practically every member of our family in either one direction or the other. She likes the neighborhood really well and has everything she needs within walking distance. It would be a major adjustment for her.
Ultimately, I think what it will come down to is just how much of a threat we feel she poses to herself and other people. I do not want her to have to move into an assisted living for seniors facility without seriously discussing it and making sure that it is our only option. However, I do want to make sure that she is not going to do anything that could jeopardize her own well-being at the same time.