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Assisted Living: Conditions to Meet

May 31, 2008
As much as I hate to admit it, life gets a little harder the longer you live. What used to be a full day's work can become enough to fill the whole week and even simple things like getting dressed, cooking meals, and cleaning the house can become major accomplishments.

Even though I am a home body through and through, I have to admit that a time might come when I would consider switching to an older resident home that provides assisted living. To even consider such a huge change though, several conditions need to be met.

Independence
First of all, the facility I choose must allow me to be as independent as possible. Even if it would be nice to have someone clean my room, cook my meals, and drive me around, I want to have the option of doing those things myself for as long as possible. And, as I do choose assisted services, I only want to pay for the ones I need.

Being independent naturally includes having my own space. Consequently, it would be nice to find a place where residents live in something closer to apartments than hotel rooms where I can enjoy plenty of room and a kitchen with an oven, stove and fridge. That way I can cook on my own and invite family members over to a home where we can enjoy each other's company in a private setting.

Environment
Second, the facility I choose needs to be a beautiful place. After all, if I am going to spend the rest of my life in a building other than my home, I want to be able to enjoy the surroundings. Gardens, water displays, and comfortably furnished common areas can all help make the place welcoming and pleasant.

Medical Expertise
Third, I want to have professional health care individuals on hand. As long as I am paying for assisted living, I want to make sure that the nurses and assistants on hand are well-trained and qualified to meet any needs that I develop with old age.

Even though there really is no place like home, there are some benefits from choosing an assisted living facility. For example, in addition to making life easier, I would consider choosing assisted living in Mesa, Arizona because of the warm weather and because of the social opportunities it would provide. After all, loneliness is one of the most common ailments of old age and having a bunch of people around me all the time would help alleviate that problem a lot.
About the Author
If you are searching for upscale assisted living in Mesa, Arizona you might want to check out the amenities at Courtyard Towers (http://www.courtyardtowersarizona.com/). They provide residents with everything from entertainment to medical care. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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