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Assisted Living | Senior Housing Options | Nursing Home Care
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) defines assisted living as a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation.
Overview of Assisted Living
Assisted living is a residential alternative to nursing home care. A relatively new concept twenty-five years ago, today assisted living is the most preferred and fastest growing long-term care option for seniors. Based on the varied preferences and needs of the elderly, there are a variety of settings from which to choose. These choices range from high-rise buildings to one-story Victorian mansions to large multi-acre campuses.
Assisted Living Philosophy
The philosophy of assisted living is to provide personalized, resident centered care in order to meet individual preferences and needs. Assisted living treats all residents with dignity, provides privacy and encourages independence and freedom of choice. Residents’ family members and friends are encouraged to get involved in the assisted living community.
Typical Services Offered in Assisted Living Communities
Assisted living communities provide more personal care services than an independent living retirement community. They offer a less-expensive, residential approach to delivering many of the same services available in skilled nursing, either by employing personal care staff or contracting with home health agencies and other outside professionals. Learn more about assisted living services and amenities.
Amenities in assisted living typically include:
- Three meals a day served in a common dining area
- Housekeeping services
- 24-hour security
- Exercise and wellness programs
- Personal laundry services
- Social and recreational activities
Personal care in assisted living typically includes:
- Staff available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs
- Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking
- Access to health and medical services, such as physical therapy and hospice
- Emergency call systems for each resident’s apartment
- Medication management
- Care for residents with cognitive impairments
What is the Cost of Assisted Living?
Assisted living costs vary with the residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. Assisted living is of often less expensive than home health or nursing home care in the same geographic area. The rental rate includes the base rent and service fees charged by the assisted living community.
Nursing Home Care
Nursing Home Care provides the highest level of care solution, outside of hospitalization. A Licensed Physician supervises each patient’s care, and a medical professional is typically always on site. Skilled Nursing care is available on site 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Nursing Homes provide “custodial care”, including transfer assistance (in and out of bed) and assistance with bathing and feeding.
Other Medical Professionals – Physical or Occupational Therapists – are also available, allowing the delivery of therapies on site that would not be possible in other housing formats.
Independent Living Communities – Senior Housing & Retirement Homes
Independent Living Community – a residential living setting for senior adults that may or may not provide hospitality or supportive services. Under this living arrangement, the senior adult leads an independent lifestyle that requires minimal or no extra assistance.
These communities are Age-restricted multifamily rental properties with central dining facilities that provide residents, as part of their monthly fee, access to meals and other services such as housekeeping, linen service, transportation, and social and recreational activities
Such properties do not provide, in a majority of the units, assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as supervision of medication, bathing, dressing, toileting, etc. There are no licensed skilled nursing beds in the property.
Independent living often also includes rental assisted or market rate apartments or cottages where residents usually have complete choice in whether to participate in the community’s services or programs.
In Home Care | Home Care for Seniors | Elder Care Agencies
The term “In Home care” encompasses a wide range of health and social services. These services are delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill persons in need of medical, nursing, social, or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance with the essential activities of daily living.
Generally, home care is appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends. More and more seniors, electing to live independent, non-institutionalized lives, are receiving home care services as their physical capabilities diminish.
Alzheimer Care | Dementia Care | Memory Care Units
SCUs are designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. SCUs can take many forms and exist within various types of residential care. Such units most often are cluster settings in which persons with dementia are grouped together on a floor or a unit within a larger residential care facility. Some states have legislation requiring nursing homes and assisted living residences to tell exactly what specialized services their SCU provides, including a trained staff, specialized activities, ability of staff to care for residents with behavioral needs and fees.
Finding a Senior Living Community That’s Right for You!
Before you start your search for senior living options, ask yourself key questions about what you are looking for, what you need to know, what your ideal outcome would be a year after move-in, how you will the evaluate the cost of living in a senior living community, and how you will make the distinction between price and value. And always, contact your local Choice Connections Certified Senior Housing Specialist. Our service is FREE and we will walk you through the maze of senior housing options and personally guide you every step of the way.
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