Assisted Living Requires Adjustment
Read the story of Emma-Lou Hamilton in this article from Times Union in order to better understand the transition experience of an elderly person to an assisted living facility.
Hamilton, who is legally blind, had given up driving years ago, after she crashed her car into a sawhorse barricade she hadn’t seen.
“It’s like you’re losing your right eye,” Hamilton said of turning in her car keys. “That’s when you give up your independence.”
Hamilton, 92, was a widow living alone, navigating her three-bedroom Glenmont apartment by memory, along with her cane. Her three adult children would visit; she still felt lonesome. Yet when they’d suggest she move into an assisted living facility, she felt apprehensive.
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