What is Assisted Living?
Assisted Living is the choice of lifestyle for seniors who are in need of help with managing certain tasks of daily life that sometimes become challenging as we age, or if there are safety or health concerns. These needs might include help with showering, dressing, personal grooming or medications.
In Assisted Living, residents’ independence is supported and bolstered by discreet and personalized assistance with their care needs in a warm, home-like setting.
Level of assistance
The level of assistance needed is determined by an assessment conducted by a community nurse or other qualified representative before moving in. This assessment helps the community prepare a care plan that details the individual support to be provided to meet a resident’s needs. It is reviewed and updated periodically or on an as-needed basis. Care staff is available to support residents with their daily needs on a 24-hour basis and nurses are sometimes, although not always, present 24/7.
Independent Living vs. Assisted Living
An important distinction between Independent Living and Assisted Living is that in assisted living the care staff partners with other healthcare providers, such as the resident’s primary care physician, physical therapist, etc. to help support, monitor and document the resident’s on-going health.
Services and amenities most often offered in Assisted Living include:
- Assistance with personal care needs – showering, dressing, appearance and grooming
- Medication management – including obtaining prescriptions, refills, delivery and administration of medications
- Continence management – including providing continence support products if desired and assistance with their use
- Care management – including coordination of services provided by physicians and other healthcare providers, documentation, general health supervision and oversight
- Access to supportive outside health services, such as physical or occupational therapy, podiatry, psychiatric
- Visiting physician
- Emergency Response System – pull cords and/or pendants tied to community response team devices
- Private or Shared Apartment
- Three chef-prepared meals daily in a restaurant style dining room with some special dietary accommodations supported
- Availability of snacks
- Activities, outings and entertainment
- Utilities, cable TV and phone service