What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is an option for senior citixens who want or need help with some of the activities of daily living (or ADL’s). Assisted living becomes a viable option if you or your loved one is havig trouble with everyday activities like cooking meals, getting to the bathroom, keeping house, and driving or traveling.

Assisted living facilities are a good choice if you need more personal care than you can get at home or an independent living retirement community. You don’t need 24 hour medical care and supervision – you’re just needing assistance with some activities of your life as they become a challenge for you with aging.

Assisted living facilities offer the safety and security of 24-hour support and access to care. Day or night, help is on-premises and immediately available with the pull of an emergency call apparatus standard with most assisted living rooms.

With assisted living facilities privacy and independence are encouraged.A good facility will develop a personalized plan that meets your needs and accommodates your disabilities, while giving you the freedom to do what you can for yourself. Some provide apartment-style living with scaled down kitchens – others provide rooms. Some facilities offer semi-private shared rooms for those unwilling to pay higher cost. Most facilities feature group dining rooms and common areas for social and recreational activities.

Services at a typical assisted living facility include:

• Three meals a day served in a common dining area
• Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, going to the bathroom, and walking
• Housekeeping services
• Access to health and medical services
• Round the clock security
• Emergency call systems in each resident’s living space
• Exercise and wellness programs
• Medication management
• Laundry services
• Social and recreational activities
• Staff available to help with scheduled needs, as well as unexpected issues