As our loved ones age, providing them with the care and support they need may become more urgent. While the needs of seniors vary, there’s a 70% chance that the average 65-year-old may require long-term care. That is where assisted living often emerges as a promising solution.
But what is assisted living? This post will explain assisted living and what seniors can expect from this type of long-term care.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a type of residential care for seniors who require help with activities of daily living (ADLs). Aside from providing care and support, assisted care facilities fulfill the residents’ wish for independence. They do this by providing care and support where needed but allowing independence when possible. It bridges the gap between independent living and nursing homes, providing a supportive environment tailored to individual needs.
Assisted living facilities offer various services to meet residents’ needs. The following are some of the services offered:
- Personal Care: Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, and medication. It also includes mobility care like sitting, standing, or moving around.
- Meal Preparation: Assisted care centers provide healthy meals to residents. The staff can also offer options for various health and dietary concerns.
- Housekeeping: Regular cleaning and maintenance of living spaces.
- 24/7 Supervision: Trained staff available around the clock for safety and emergency response.
- Social Activities: Assisted care facilities organize events, outings, and social gatherings to keep seniors engaged.
- Transportation: Access to transportation for medical appointments and shopping.
- Medical Services: Some facilities have on-site medical staff or partnerships with healthcare providers.
- Memory Care: Specialized programs for individuals with dementia.
- Independence and Support: It offers a balance between independence and assistance. Seniors can maintain a sense of autonomy while getting the help they need.
- Social Engagement: Assisted living communities also provide great communal support to their residents. They can meet new people and enjoy social activities.
- Safety and Security: Residents in eldercare facilities also enjoy safety and security. Features include 24-hour supervision and an on-call staff member or registered nurse.
Assisted Living vs. Nursing Homes
Assisted care goes below nursing home care, with the latter being more expensive. Nursing homes are more suited for individuals who need full-time medical attention.
Assisted vs. Independent Living
Assisted living provides more support and care services than independent living communities. Independent living is for seniors who can manage most daily tasks. However, the community may offer various services to enrich the lives of seniors.
Comfort and Quality of Life at Bountiful Hills
Bountiful Hills offers a warm and inviting environment for senior living. With small-town charm and modern amenities, we strive to elevate the quality of life for all residents.
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