In This Chapter
Defining independent and assisted living
Asking questions about services and costs
Watching out for common problems
Exploring other options for group living
It's a common problem: Your house is too big and costly to maintain. Or your kids live halfway across the country. Or you are the “kid” and your parents need more help than you can give them. But no one wants to give up privacy and independence. Whatever your situation, assisted living may seem like a very good solution. And the ads stress how pleasant and easy life can be in a place called, say, Gracious Living Manor. But you have a lot to think about before taking such a big step.
When choosing whether assisted living is the way to go for your situation, there are many considerations. This chapter guides you through all that comes with assisted living: the services, options, costs, and more. I also cover pitfalls to steer clear of and alternative group-living arrangements. But first, it helps to know exactly what assisted living is, so read ...