20 Questions To Decide If You Need Assisted Care Or Nursing Home? - Assisted Care

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20 QUESTIONS TO DECIDE IF YOU NEED ASSISTED CARE, OR NURSING HOME?

“I bargained with Life for a penny,

And Life would pay no more,

However I begged at evening

When I counted my scanty store;

 

For Life is just an employer,

He gives you what you ask,

But once you have set the wages,

Why, you must bear the task.

 

I worked for a menial's hire,

Only to learn, dismayed,

That any wage I had asked of Life,

Life would have paid.”

- Jessie B. Rittenhouse

 

Many people say,
“I will never live in a nursing home.”

Here is a list of questions, to help us decide, whether we are capable of living independent, with no caregivers, servants, or family members. Why do people end up in nursing homes, or forced to move into assisted care homes? Slowly, we learn to avoid items on this list, until we no longer can do them.  Yet, being physically handicapped is often 100 percent reversible, with real understanding of exercises to regain strength. If you do not get stronger, fire you doctor, or physical therapist, the goal is to do all of these things until the day we die.

The avoidance, refusal to do any of the items below is the path that winds down the road leaving to assisted living or nursing  home.  What does it mean when a doctor tells you to stop doing these things below? Normally, it means they too cannot do them, and have no desire to do them, and have already started down the path, they are becoming handicapped.

Yes, people are in accidents, have limbs mangled, amputated, but do live alone, independent, and happy. We can build muscles, and lose weight until the day we die.

“Don’t get comfortable or you will die.”
- Stanley, 86 lives on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and Chapala, Mexico -- Alone, and independent.

Andy Lee Graham of china-marbles.info

We bargained with life for a penny, demand a dollar.

 

0-5

Live independent

Yes or No?

6-15

Live Assisted

 

16-20

Nursing Home

 

 

Can you do these normal activities alone?                                                     CHECK  ONLY NO’S

 

1

Drive car daily

 

2

Walk to post office, restaurant - 1 Mile

 

3

Buy groceries for self.

 

4

Go to have hair cut, styled, etc.

 

5

Back car up 4 lengths of car.

 

6

Use hand can opener to open cans.

 

7

Walk up steps with no hand rail.

No

8

Get up off any toilet, furniture alone, no cane, no bars.

No

9

Takes shower, dresses by 9 AM

 

10

Wash own clothes.

 

11

Walks without cane up a curb, with no handrail.

No

12

Can walk up one steps to second floor.

No

13

Remembers telephone, and home address.

 

14

Answers telephone calls, talks, makes calls alone.

 

15

Reads Email, Facebook, etc.

 

16

Leaves house to visit friends daily.

No

17

Bend over and touch floor.

 

18

Cut own toenails, and fingernails.

No

19

Balance on one foot for 5 seconds.

 

20

Get off floor alone.

 
 

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