Assisted living facilities are designed to provide care for senior citizens that need assistance with all or some of their daily living activities and that do not require the specialized services that a nursing home would provide. The good thing about assisted living communities is that they encourage their residents to be independent, while at the same time giving them peace of mind that if they ever need help with anything, they are there for them to provide assistance. They provide assistance with grooming, medication management, housekeeping and laundry services just to name a few.
When a senior gets accepted by an assisted living facility, the facility will create a personalized plan to cater to all of this person’s individual needs. And this personalized plan can be adjusted and updated if the needs of your aging parent changes, so that they can get the right level of care that they need to live a healthy lifestyle. Now, depending on which part of the country you live in, assisted living can have several different names such as:
- Continuing Care Retirement Community
- Senior Apartments
- Retirement Residences
- Assisted living homes
- Community Retirement Facility
- Personal Care Facility
- Adult Foster Care Facility
- Residential Care Facility
A lot of people get nursing homes confused with assisted living and there is a big difference between the two. Nursing homes are for seniors that have many different health problems and who cannot care for themselves. Assisted living on the other hand, only provide minimal assistance or only when it is needed, because the senior residents there are pretty much healthy for the most part and are able to take care of themselves, with little or no assistance. When it’s needed the staff will assist with:
- Household chores
- Meal Preparation
Some assisted living residences are considered to be a continuing care retirement community if it is connected to a nursing home, seniors like this as they can age in place and they won’t have to go too far if they ever need the services of a nursing home.
And then there are communities that have both assisted living and independent living. Independent living is for seniors that no longer want to live at home and would rather live in a senior community amongst seniors that share similar interests.