Assisted Living Community for Seniors

Assisted Living Community for Seniors
When you or your aging family member is unable to maintain a quality of life due to disability or other constraints, turning to an assisted living facility that provides senior living may be the best option to increase overall wellbeing. What is Assisted Living? Assisted living facilities are an opportunity for seniors to maintain their independence without forfeiting their health needs. These communities vary in size and level of care, and are considered one of the fastest growing long term options in senior living. Unlike traditional nursing homes which cater to residents who need 24 hour immediate assistance, assisted living communities are for individuals who do not need the level of dependent care found in nursing homes, but still need some assistance in their daily life. Who is an Assisted Living Resident? A typical resident is a senior citizen who enjoys the security of a community environment, but also appreciates privacy and their own space. Residents of these communities may experience certain conditions that require assistance including: Mobility issues Impaired Vision/Hearing Memory disorders/Alzheimer’s Post-surgery recovery Medication management An assisted living community can address those issues as well as provide transportation, cooking, housekeeping, bathing, dressing and minor medical monitoring. Daily tasks are generally performed by trained staff members, while a medical staff may be on hand or on call 24 hours/7 days a week depending on the community. Every community is as unique as its residents, so the level of services provided will vary location to location. Where Do You Find an Assistant Living Community? Whether it’s for your aging parent, sibling or for yourself, making the decision to turn to assisted living is never easy. With over 33,000 communities in the United States, it can seem like a daunting task with many valid questions and concerns often brought up by individuals and their families: I don’t want to give up my independence.My loved one has a special condition [Alzheimer’s]; will they have the facilities to assist them?I need specialized medical monitoring.How much does it cost? I don’t know if I [we] can afford it.Are the rooms shared?Will there be a recreational area? Gym? Pool? Garden?Do they take pets?Is there a community near my family and friends? As mentioned earlier in the article, every community has their own regulations and policies set by the state and the facility. Fortunately, there are senior assisted living finders and referral services available to help you or your family member find a custom tailored community. These finders and referral services usually provide a specialist free of charge that will answer your questions and match a community best suited to your needs. Many companies also offer free escorted tours of the communities, where future residents can view the rooms, grounds, medical clinic and recreational areas. What’s Next? The choice to move to an assisted living community is a family one. When considering an community, discuss with your family any concerns you may have as well as the outcome you would like to see from it. Consult with your specialist to see if there are any solutions to your concerns. At the end of the day there is no right or wrong time to consider an assisted community, there is only you and your loved one’s happiness and wellbeing.
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