Mar 16, 2016 - 08:53 AM
The ability to maintain your privacy, while having access to programs and services as needed and/or wanted, is one of the biggest benefits of an assisted living community. However, your question is a good one to ask when touring a community. The best communities will offer a wide range of programs designed to help residents integrate into the community. Participating in the programs and events help create a sense of community. Residents can pick or choose the programs that interest them and there should be no pressure on residents to participate. You can live as privately as you like and participate in the social activities on your terms.
It sounds like assisted living could be a great fit for your father. Good luck!
Mar 16, 2016 - 09:05 AM
The most intrusive part of living in a community is that there will be many different people coming and going from his unit. These will include cleaning services, laundry services maintenance services, caregivers, volunteers, staff, medical staff, etc. While they generally knock, they do so as they are entering the unit. Clearly the more care he receives, the less privacy he will have.
The good news is that most facilities allow cats which can be extremely helpful for seniors. Most facilities will say they'll look after the cat (i.e. feeding, scooping, etc.) but in my experience it simply doesn't happen. Ensure that your dad, or someone you know, provides cat food, supplies, and so on.