Health Tip: Choosing an Assisted Living Option
Assisted living housing may be the ideal solution for an aging person who can't quite live alone, but who doesn't need the complete services of a nursing home.
Rotary International offers this list of assisted living options:
- Individual apartments or homes -- which are part of a senior community, where social activity, security and supervision are there if needed.
- Congregate housing -- which offers independent living in private residences, but with the benefit of community meals and activities.
- Assisted living housing -- which offers help with some daily activities, such as bathing, dressing and cooking.
- Board and care housing -- which offers community meals and activities, and assistance with activities such as bathing and grooming, getting dressed and using the toilet.
- Continuing-care retirement communities -- which are senior-housing complexes that offer a variety of assisted living options, often from independent quarters to nursing facilities.
Health Tip: Fire Safety for Seniors
People 85 and older are five times more likely than younger people to die in a fire, the FireSafety.gov Web site warns.
Here's the site's list of why seniors are at increased risk of death or injury in a fire:
- Seniors' reflexes and response times are not always as fast as those of younger people.
- Medications that many seniors take may impact reflexes and decision-making abilities.
- Seniors who live alone don't have the help they need to prevent and react to factors that cause fires, including cooking and accidents.
- Unsafe use of cigarettes and other smoking materials is a common cause of fires involving seniors.
- Improperly used or maintained heating equipment, such as wood-burning stoves or electric space heaters, are a frequent cause of fires involving older people.
- Wiring problems in older homes are another significant cause of fires.