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?
According to Consumer Affairs, more than 810,000 people live in assisted living facilities, and there are around 30,000 such facilities throughout the United States.
But what is assisted living? As reported by WebMD, assisted living can be a home-like setting designed to promote and aid in seniors living independently. Seniors may 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 facilities will aid seniors with activities of daily living while allowing them to remain independent.
Assisted living communities vary in size, appearance, services, 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 the 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 MORE INFORMATION ABOUT 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.
*Updated April 2023