Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 17 Assisted Living Moving into an assisted living residence is a good option for individuals who need help with everyday activities, like taking medicine or getting dressed, but want to stay as active and independent as possible. Many assisted living residences are affiliated with retirement communities and nursing homes. This can make the transition into assisted living easier as a person’s needs change. All assisted living residences feature single and double rooms. Some offer suites and larger apartments for those residents who can afford them. Make Planning a Priority Planning shouldn’t start in the middle of a crisis. It starts by figuring out your preferences, understanding what needs might arise and learning what the costs might be to pay for the services you or your loved one will need and want. To start the planning process, consider asking yourself or your loved one the following questions: • Who is the one person I will depend on for support as I age? • If I need to move out of my home, where would I most like to move? • What’s the one thing I would like my loved ones to know about my preferences as I age? You can use the answers to put a plan into place by meeting with your lawyer, taking a trip to the bank, or buying a long-term care insurance policy. Editorial provided by Greg Hadley at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in Washington, DC., (A.A.S.H.A) .