What are the services offered in Assisted Living?
In my most recent post I shared information on independent living communities. If you haven’t read it, do so here. The next natural progression in our conversation is the topic of assisted living. The term “assisted living” has often been associated with the term “nursing home” and has, at times, taken on a negative connotation. I hope to clarify who these communities are and how they can add to the quality of life of yourself or your loved one.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living communities are designed for people who need hands-on care from either caregivers or medical professionals. There are typically three stages of 24-hour care in an assisted living facility, and the level of care will depend on the resident’s health. This, in contrast to the independent living community, shifts the care responsibility from the family to the staff of the facility.
The first level of care is supervisory. Care that is mainly focused on medication management. If a family is having a hard time administering medication for their loved one, this level of care may be appropriate. The resident still maintains their personal independent lifestyle, but meals and medication are provided by the community.
The second level of care is “hands-on”. Providing care to those who have a hard time with physical daily activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, and so on. The staff is trained and licensed to help your loved one with these activities and make sure they are safe and able to maintain a high quality of life.
The third level of care available in an assisted living community is directed care. This is for your loved one who needs ongoing medical attention. The community is there to keep your loved one comfortable in their last stages of life. Doctors visit these residents and help direct care. Most medications will be handled and administered by the staff.
What can a resident expect?
Those transitioning to an assisted living facility should understand that they are given the opportunity to either make or break their living experience. There are many activities offered to keep the residents’ minds and bodies sharp, but the responsibility falls on them and their family to take advantage.
The rooms available are similar to the rooms in independent living. There are studios, one or two bedroom apartments, and many with built-in kitchenettes and laundry. It is not required, however, to cook for oneself or do laundry, as these services can be provided. The cost for an assisted living facility is roughly $3000-$5000 per month, depending on the care and services needed and provided.
The thought of transitioning to an assisted living community for you or a loved one can bring up some tough questions. I have helped many families walk through this season of life and would be honored to answer any questions you might have. I am able to help find the community that can best serve you and your family. One that will allow you to continue to enjoy the quality of life that you are used to. Please contact me with any questions.