In need of long term care? Nursing home, right? No, assisted living instead. Assisted living housing is a long-term senior care option that provides personal care support services such as meals, medication management, bathing, dressing and transportation.
The fastest growing long-term care option for seniors is assisted living. Assisted living facilities, with their wide range of services, provide a senior housing solution for adults who can live independently, but also require some assistance. For many seniors, assisted living provides just the level of care they need to better appreciate the new phase of their life. Assisted living has more options than ever before.
Many communities charge a basic rate that covers all services, with an additional fee for special services. Most assisted living communities charge a month-to-month rate, but there are also long-term options available.
The types of physical arrangements of buildings that provide assisted living services vary. Assisted living facilities can range in size from a small residential house for one resident up to very large facilities providing services to hundreds of residents. Assisted living falls between an independent living community and a skilled nursing facility. Continuing care retirement facilities combine independent living, assisted living, and nursing care in one facility.
A typical assisted living facility resident would usually be a senior citizen man or a woman who does not need the intensive care of a nursing home but prefers more companionship and needs some assistance in day-to-day living. Age groups will vary with every facility.
Residents of assisted living facilities have meals prepared daily. There is typically a kitchen and dining facility which provides three meals each day. There is also a dining room that permits visiting with others. This tends to reduce isolation that elderly, disabled people may suffer when living alone and who are afraid (usually for physical reasons) to leave their homes.
Most recently built facilities are designed with an emphasis on ease of use for disabled people. Bathrooms and kitchens are designed with wheelchairs and walkers in mind. The resident hallways and door-ways are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. The social features are beneficial to the residents.