25 Apr What Is Assisted Living? What Services Are Provided At Assisted Living Facilities?
What if you or a loved one is having trouble performing routine activities of daily living, but is too healthy to need a nursing home?
For individuals facing this type of situation, assisted living facilities may offer the services you need to continue enjoying the quality of life everyone deserves.
About 1.2 million Americans live in some type of residential assisted living community, and there are around 30,000 such facilities throughout the United States.
But what is assisted living? Assisted living can be an attractive senior housing alternative for individuals who need help with some activities, such as getting dressed, taking a bath, or eating a meal, but who do not require intensive medical care.
Assisted living communities vary in size, appearance, services and amenities, and costs. Some exist as stand-alone assisted living facilities, while others are part of larger senior living communities, such as retirement homes, independent living facilities, or nursing homes.
What Services Are Provided at Assisted Living Facilities?
Residents typically have their own private rooms or apartment units.
Assisted living apartments may be furnished or unfurnished and often include a small kitchen where the resident may store and prepare meals, either independently or with help from a caregiver.
Here are some of most common assisted living services provided to residents:
- Help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting
- A dining plan that includes three meals a day in the facility’s onsite dining area
- Housekeeping and maintenance service
- Laundry service
- Healthcare services which may include management and administration of medication
- Organized social and recreational activities
- Exercise activities
- Educational programs
- Transportation arrangements to medical appointments, nearby restaurants, retail stores, and other local businesses
- 24-hour security and emergency call systems
How Do You Choose the Right Assisted Living Community?
In considering assisted living options, you should prioritize your or your loved one’s needs in terms of healthcare and need for help with routine activities. Other considerations include proximity to family members, friends, shopping, and businesses.
It’s a good idea to visit the assisted living facility you’re considering and talk to staff members and residents alike about their experiences. Get information about what services and amenities are provided, such as social activities, meals, recreation, and transportation. Ask about costs and financing options.
Do you need information on assisted living?
If you’re considering assisted living facilities in Olive Branch, MS or in the Memphis metro area, please contact us.
We’ll answer your questions and provide helpful information about Culpepper Place of Olive Branch, which opens in the Spring of 2018.