Elderly Assisted Living

Through elderly assisted living facilities, seniors are acknowledging their desire for independence, while simultaneously acknowledging the fact they may not be able to do so alone. When a senior makes this acknowledgement, they are realizing that they need assistance with daily tasks, such as, among other things, grooming, preparation of meals, and companionship. Some assisted living facilities are capable of providing assistance with medication as well. With elderly assisted living, they receive the exact amount of freedom they desire with the amount of assistance they require.

Elderly assisted living differs in comparison to homecare assistance in the major factor of homecare taking place in the senior’s private home, not requiring them to relocate, while elderly assisted living relocates them to a living arrangement with other seniors who desire and require the same level of assistance they themselves need.

Elderly assisted living is often times recognized as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). These communities often times appeal to families because they offer a more personalized, homely feel that nursing homes sometimes lack. Seniors are given their own living spaces, usually in the same fashion as a one bedroom apartment, with the same amenities, such as their own kitchen and dining area, private bedroom and bathroom, and living space.

The majority of elderly assisted living facilities offer services to their residents that would not be possible if they did not live in a common area. These services range from delivery of meals to transportation assistance for errands and appointments for each senior to basic housekeeping.

When making the decision to take up residency in an elderly assisted living facility, there are steps which should be followed to insure you are making the choice that will best suit the individual who will be living there. These steps include:

Determining Cost

When determining cost, it is important to remember that Medicare does not cover elderly assisted living, and Medicaid covers very little. This means that cost of living will most likely come from the family of the individual residing in these facilities. When factoring in cost, however, it is important to know that all elderly assisted living facilities include meal plans in their price, bringing a need for groceries down to either a small amount or nothing at all.

Determining the Level of Needs

The level of care varies with the choice of facility. In order to make sure you locate the facility that is best suited to your senior’s individual needs, make sure you explain thoroughly their specific needs. These needs can range from assistance in small, daily tasks such as reminding the individual of medication times, to larger, more complex tasks, such as assisting the individual with their daily grooming.

Elderly assisted living facilities were introduced with the purpose of allowing senior citizens to maintain the level of independence they feel most comfortable with, while also maintaining a healthy and safe living environment where they are guaranteed supervision by individuals who are trained and schooled in such areas. It is because of these facilities that seniors are able to continue living their life at their pace, just simply with a little assistance.

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