Introduction to Assisted Living
If you look at senior housing options – assisted living lies half way between independent living at one end of the spectrum and nursing home care at the other.
Assisted living residences provide accommodation and different levels of care and support services in a home-like, residential setting. Services typically include -
- Accommodation – private or semi-private, shared or private baths, 24 hour emergency response
- Social services - meals, social and recreational programs, housekeeping, laundry, and
- Personal assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, washing, oral hygiene, eating, help with medication
Nursing services may or may not be provided.
Costs may or may not be government subsidized.
Tips on Choosing Assisted Living
Finding an assisted living residence that’s right for you will take time and patience. You’re off to a good start with the TheCareGuide.com.
It’s often a good idea for the person moving to an assisted living residence to get some help from close family or friends. Moral support in making decisions and arrangements will make the transition less nerve-racking.
When looking for an assisted living residence, ask yourself:
- Does the residence offer all the services you need to live life to the fullest?
- Is it clean, is it safe, is the food tasty and nutritious?
- Location – are you close to hospitals, churches and family? Is transportation available for medical appointments, shopping etc.
The programs, services and levels of care provided in assisted living residences vary widely. So it is important to understand the basic daily or monthly rate: exactly what’s offered and at what price and what will be extra.
Use the retirement residences smart shopping tips when you’re looking for an assisted living residence.
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