Everyone needs a little help now and then
Assisted Living lies somewhere between living independently or living in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Some residences combine independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care all in one Continuing Care Retirement Facility.
Assisted Living is a residence for those who need some level of help performing everyday actives like cooking or bathing and dressing.
Unlike a traditional nursing home, assisted living is for those who need a certain level of help and supervised care, but they are generally able to move about freely without supervision, and have no other healthcare or mental conditions to constrain them.
A nursing home provides care for the elderly and disabled. Usually their conditions are chronic and require a specially trained medical staff.
Those seniors in Assisted Living are still able to participate in an active lifestyle, while receiving the benefit of a trained staff in the same facility if help is needed.
What kinds of services are provided with Assisted Living? These services vary depending upon the needs of each resident, and some services are available for all residents: food is served daily, three times a day, housekeeping and laundry are provided, there are also shopping expeditions and transportation if needed.
Also, if necessary, additional assistance is available with hygiene, bathing and dressing, financial management, or help with medications to list some of the services.
Assisted Living allows residents to maintain as much independence as possible while still receiving some assistance with daily activities.
When is assisted living care no longer appropriate? This is when Skilled Nursing or dementia care can be discussed.