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What to Look for in Assisted Living Communities

Sep 28, 2011 at 9:51

When you and your family are investigating senior living options, assisted living often comes up as an option. The fact is, that it is important to explore this option before it becomes a necessity so that you have a good idea where you would like to go in the event it becomes necessary. Assisted living companies offer many levels of service and a variety of pricing options depending on the needs of the senior in question. The basic costs are established at the time the contract is signed, but senior assisted living often comes with a variety of a la carte service options that can be purchased in addition to the basic care included.

What Type of Care does Your Loved One Need?

There are two basic classifications of the type of care offered by assisted living companies: assistance with daily living and health related care. Most senior living arrangements must offer some level of each of these care types, but the amount and intensity of the care is what determines the best living situation and the eventual cost.

Evaluate Service Offering at Assisted Living Facilities

Senior assisted living generally comes with basic assistance with daily tasks including help with:

  1. Dressing
  2. Bathing
  3. Medication management
  4. Cooking
  5. Light housekeeping
  6. And More!

Other services that might be available include transportation, reading, financial assistance, grooming help and more. These types of care offerings are often referred to as companion care. In addition to these items, most senior assisted living options are also able to provide intermittent nursing care. Seniors that are generally stable, but might require occasional help from a trained nurse, find that assisted living is an option that meets all their needs.

It is important to start visiting these locations before you need them, to find one that you will be comfortable living. In some cases there are long wait times before you can move in, so start researching today to find the best options for you!