Assisted Living - Important FAQs

When elderly people are asked about their housing preference, most of them would prefer to live in their own home because there can be no place like that. For most seniors, their homes represent security and independence. However, most of our houses are designed for young and active individuals. To live autonomously in such a home, an individual must have the ability to shop, cook, and perform household activities themselves. Unfortunately, many people lose these abilities as they grow older. In such situations, it is better to move them to a facility where they will receive sufficient care and assistance.

There are several things that make a home unsafe for an elderly person, including stairways, tall shelving in kitchens, slippery tiles, small bathrooms, yards with uneven terrains, and winding hallways. So moving them to a safe place is necessary. However, an old home may not necessarily be the best option for them. They actually need a facility where they will get support with the activities of daily living (ADL) such as dressing, bathing and personal care.

What Is Assisted Living?

An assisted living arrangement offers older adults individualized health services and personal care in a home-like setting. Though the level of support is not as broad as that provided by a skilled nursing facility, it is significantly greater than what an independent living facility offers. Assisted living facilities are typically for older adults who need help in certain day-to-day activities, but do not require round-the-clock nursing care.

Residents living in an assisted living facility have the following benefits:

Safety: An assisted living facility provides a comfortable and safe environment for older adults. Most facilities have secure entrances. The residents are sufficiently monitored so that they are not vulnerable to burglary or attack as they are likely to be when staying alone in their own home.

Meals: Assisted living facilities serve the residents three wholesome meals every day, in addition to healthy snacks. There are several food choices as well. However, the major advantage is that the residents have company for their meals. As assisted living offers kitchenettes, residents also have the choice of cooking something in their apartments.

Transportation: Most facilities offer group transportation for community events and shopping for the residents.

Apart from these, an assisted living facility also offers:

  • housekeeping;
  • help with laundry;
  • staff assistance for medication management;
  • reminders to take medication;
  • social activities;
  • beauty salon services

What Is Ambient Living?

Ambient living is nothing but assisted living that uses latest information and communication technologies in the working environment and daily living of the residents so that they can live independently, stay active, and remain socially connected.

What are the important differences between independent and assisted living?

In most cases, residents of independent communities do not need any help with their ADL. But assisted living facilities offer a little help with the residents' activities of daily living while encouraging them to live independently.

What are the differences between an assisted living home and a skilled a nursing facility?

A skilled nursing home offers round-the-clock monitoring and care to its residents. But in an assisted living facility, the residents get only a little assistance with their ADL such as eating, bathing and toileting while living almost independently.

Posted by Sitebox Admin on 7/31/2017
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