Assisted Living - Most Frequently Asked Questions

As we get older, our physical and mental abilities can decline. They generally need help getting in and out of the tub safely and in several other routine activities. Cooking also becomes difficult. Any medical emergency or a slip on a wet floor tile or bathroom tile will worry their loved ones. A fall can cause serious injuries. As everyone has their own life and life plans, none of the family members could be able to assist the senior family members in their activities of daily life (ADL) such as eating, drinking, bathing, grooming, and dressing. Then families start thinking about care options. Although a fully independent life is difficult for such elderly people, they don't need round-the-clock skilled nursing care (which is very expensive). A good assisted living community could be the best choice for people who are not bedridden but need a little assistance with their ADLs. Assisted living provides a step between independent living and nursing home care. Assisted living communities are for seniors who value their independence still, need some assistance with the daily chores of life.

What is assisted living?

Assisted living communities are designed to assist the elderly or disabled individuals with everyday tasks like bathing and dressing while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence as possible. The residents are provided with meals, laundry, housekeeping, transportation, medication assistance etc. Assisted living facilities also offer recreational activities and wellness programs.

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Safety and security

Here is a description of services offered by most assisted living facilities:

Safety and security are extremely important factors to elderly people. Assisted living centers offer safety and security of twenty-four-hour assistance and access to care if needed.

Assistance with Daily Activities

In general, assisted living facilities provide nearly two hours of assistance with ADLs per day for each resident. Residents are allowed to make a schedule for the routine care they need, such as eating meals, bath, and getting dressed. Caregivers are also available to address the unscheduled needs of the residents. Most assisted living facilities provide services such as salon, physical therapy, and on-site pharmacy for their residents. Staff members are available to help schedule and organize appointments.

Housekeeping

Assisted living facilities have housekeeping staff for providing emergency cleanup service twenty-four hours a day (for toileting accidents, spills etc.). Additionally, they offer weekly housekeeping services which include vacuuming, cleaning kitchens and bathrooms, washing laundry, and changing bed linens.

Other Services

Typically, assisted living facilities provide three nutritious meals per day, snacks throughout the day, and life enrichment programs such as wellness programs, educational programs, fitness classes, outings, and social and cultural events.

What is the difference between independent living and assisted living?

Independent living is for individuals who are healthy and active and who do not need any assistance with their ADLs. But assisted living residents need some assistance with their day-to-day activities.

What is the difference between nursing home and assisted living?

Nursing homes provide around-the-clock skilled nursing care for its residents. Assisted living facilities do not provide skilled nursing care as the residents are comparatively healthier and more active.

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