Assisted Living for My Mom by Patricia Walter
Assisted Living, unfortunately, can be expensive, but it is a wonderful solution for a person that requires light care, but not a nursing home.
My Mom had many problems with 3 different nursing homes. In fact, she was asked to leave because she was not able to get along with her roommates. She was very aware and active, but many of the people she had for roommates were often bedridden or very sick. It does become very depressing being with very ill folks in the halls, in the dinning room and in your own bedroom. She just never adjusted well with most of her roommates.
I was very lucky to have a local assisted living facility, The Pines at Glenwood in Marietta Ohio accept my Mom on probation. That was almost 4 years ago. Once she was able to have a private room, her personality and life turned around. She was happy again and did not have to face the very sick and ill folks on a daily basis. I understand that the nursing home patients required a lot of care and would have preferred to be healthy, but it is very depressing to be with those folks on a daily basis when you are lucky enough to be pretty healthy and aware. My Mom was still very weak after her fall and did require some care, but not the level of care at the nursing home. There was no other solution at the time since I was not physically able to care for her. I visited her every day and tried to keep her as happy as I could.
It is amazing how the staff at the Pines is so caring, kind and helpful. They understand older people have emotional problems and physical limitations. All the staff, from the maintenance people to the managers are helpful and friendly. The nurses and aides are fantastic and very caring. The difference between the nursing home and the assisted care facility was like night and day.