Choosing Assisted Living

Senior care has many levels from being able to live independently at home, having helpers who come into the home, going into independent living, later into assisted living, and perhaps having to progress to an actual nursing home when complete assistance is necessary.

When people cannot keep up with all the demands of maintaining a home as well as caring for themselves, it may become necessary to look into the benefits of assisted living.

Benefits of Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities (ALFs) are housing for people who cannot or choose not to live independently and for people with disabilities. ALFs provide a group living environment and normally cater to an elderly population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of individuals in the United States between the ages of 65 and 84 will go up between 2010 and 2020, while the population over age 85 will be up by 18.7 percent, which increases the demand for ALFs.

Assisted living is subject to regulatory oversight by each state rather than federal agencies and may be delivered in a small residential house for one resident up to large facilities with hundreds of residents. There is a wide range of levels and diversity of services in these residences. They normally provide the residents with a private room, a private bathroom, and a small kitchen. Most also provide assistance with daily living activities, medication administration or supervision, a trained staff on-site, housekeeping chores, common areas for companionship and socializing, a dining room and central kitchen for preparing and eating meals, and a variety of interesting group activities for recreation.

Why This Is A Good Option For Seniors

The concept has evolved from small “personal care” and “board” homes and offers much more of a “social model” of care. That encourages the residents to feel like they are continuing their lives in outstanding ways and to the very best of their abilities rather than just sitting around aimlessly to wait for the end of their days.

There is also a peace of mind knowing that most assisted living facilities permit residents, when they progress to increased health care needs, not to have to relocate to another senior care facility to receive the needed skilled nursing.