Assisted Living is a term used in Retirement Communities. However, Retirement Communities offer no standard terminology and what one refers to as assisted living may be independent living in the other. Typically Assisted Living refers to a lifestyle for those who are having difficulty living independently.
Assisted Living is typically a floor or unit within a Retirement Community. Assisted Living is a long term residential living option that will provide seniors who want or need assistance with activities of daily living such as cooking meals, doing housework, laundry, getting dressed, bathing, or using the bathroom.
As in all Retirement Communities, Assisted Living offers security and safety with around-the-clock onsite professional healthcare providers with greater staffing ratios than Independent Living Floors. Retirement Communities also offer Onsite Physicians and therapeutic services for greater convenience for those less mobile. Suites on Assisted Living units are typically more accessible for those with mobility impairments. Assisted Living floors may also have a separate lounge and dining room for those who require health care professional supervision during meals.
Many Retirement Communities offer Assisted Living up to a level while others can provide a true option as private Long Term Care. Sorting out which level and the services they include is important. Some offer medical equipment, while most do not.
Staffing qualifications, training and skills will vary from residence to residence. Design and accessibility of each community will vary including the level of care they can provide. Help for Mom ensures that we stay on top of staff skills and various unique aspects of each residence. Our Advisors have experience in the language of care and services including additional care fees to help you compare the offerings.
Amenities in assisted living communities typically include:
- Housekeeping services
- 24-hour access to health care professional staff
- Exercise and wellness programs
- Personal laundry services
- Social and recreational activities
Personal care in assisted living communities typically includes:
- Staff available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs
- Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and mobility
- Access to health and medical services, such as physical therapy and hospice
- Emergency call systems for each resident's apartment
- Medication management
- Care for residents with cognitive impairments