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How Do I Know If I Qualify for Assisted Living?

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Assisted living can seem like an intimidating subject. Often, the most important thing on your mind is figuring out how to live more comfortably without sacrificing your dignity. Well, the good news is that with the right assisted living accomodation, it’s possible to do both. Let’s dive into whether assisted living might be right for you.

What Questions Should I Ask Myself?

So how do you know if assisted living is right for you? A good place to start is by asking a few questions about your comfort level in your current situation; after all, assisted living is primarily about comfort and ease. So go ahead and ask yourself the following:

  • Are personal tasks like dressing and bathing taxing for me?
  • Is cooking and cleaning becoming too much of a chore?
  • Am I lonely?
  • Am I having a tough time getting around?
  • Do I find myself forgetting to take medications?

Assisted living can help you with all of the above, but on your terms. With assisted living, you can still maintain your freedom and privacy while gaining access to the help you need to live a full and worry-free life. If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you can qualify for assisted living.

Does My Age Matter?

Assisted living is about giving you the most independence possible while helping you remove obstacles from your life. In short, it’s not about how old you are or even how old you feel, but about how you can live your best life possible in retirement. Often, the best way to achieve this long-term is through the assistance of others.

Regardless of your age, if you’re no longer able to complete some daily tasks on your own, or if you have a medical condition and need someone’s help to manage it, it may be time to look into assisted living options.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?

The average cost of senior care in the state of Minnesota is quite high at $8,174 per month for a semi-private skilled nursing facility room and $4,957 for homemaker services. However, at Landmark of Fridley, we pride ourselves on making care affordable and keeping our residents off the healthcare rollercoaster that so often plagues seniors who do not receive holistic care.

When the average hospital stay for a person aged 65 or older can cost up to $12,500, investing in assisted living is not only justified on a comfort basis, but on an expense basis as well. When you invest in a community like that offered at Landmark, you are giving yourself the best chance at avoiding future health problems and living a happy, healthy life in retirement.

Assisted Living: What’s Best For Me?

Assisted living is ultimately about your needs. If additional help will make your life more manageable on a daily basis, then don’t be afraid to ask for it. Accepting assistance doesn’t mean accepting defeat, it is simply saying “no” to stress and “yes” to comfort!

Now that you know what assisted living is all about, you can determine whether or not it seems like the right fit for you. If you think you’re not quite ready for assisted living, but may be in a few years, try taking a look at independent living accommodations that allow you to age in place and slowly transition to additional help as you need it.

Seniors in assisted living socializing with one another playing cards and having snack in living room of senior community

Landmark of Fridley: Age Magnificently

At Landmark, we believe everyone has the right to age magnificently, and we’ll meet you wherever you’re at in your journey. Don’t miss out on a retirement filled with comfort and enjoyment. Take a look at our assisted living options and make your home with us. 

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