Assisted Living

Assisted Living

“As we age, certain tasks become increasingly difficult. What was once a simple morning routine may now take a painstakingly long time to complete. Or, moving throughout your home independently may begin to feel challenging, potentially leading to a dangerous fall. When these challenges become more frequent, many seniors and their families decide to look into senior residential care. But if you only need assistance with some of your daily tasks and are otherwise healthy and independent, a classic nursing home will not be the right fit.

For many seniors, assisted living offers the best of both worlds. It is a senior housing option that allows older adults to retain their independence while still having the assistance they need nearby. Residents of assisted living communities can remain as independent as they please, accessing assistance on an as-needed basis. Assisted living facilities (ALFs) also offer prepared meals, planned social activities, transportation services, and more amenities and services intended to keep residents safe, comfortable, and entertained.

It can be easy to confuse the different senior care types, and even within the realm of assisted living there is a lot of information to take in. We’ve created this guide to make the process of finding an assisted living community for yourself or a loved one clearer. Read on to learn more about assisted living services and amenities, who should consider assisted living, the cost of assisted living, and how to choose the best community for yourself or a loved one. 

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities are designed for adults who need help performing one or more of the activities of daily living (ADLs), which includes bathing, grooming, dressing, or a helping hand managing medications. Although these communities have staff on-site 24 hours a day, skilled medical care is not regularly provided to residents. Assisted living residents do have access to personal care assistance and assistance with ADLs at all hours of the day and night, and communities may have visiting medical personnel come to the facility regularly or provide residents with transportation to doctors’ appointments.

Every assisted living community has a unique personality and offers different services and amenities. Some are more upscale and formal, while others have a casual, relaxed environment. The variation of assisted living residences means that most seniors are able to find a community that meets their needs and budget.”
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