May 1, 2018

What Exactly is an Assisted Living Facility?

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are not the same thing.

Almost 1.2 million Americans are living in an assisted living facility right now. If you think your loved one may someday be a part of that population, we’ll explain exactly what it entails.

These services are here to provide support for everyday activities, such as eating, running errands, and light housework. Although an assistant will monitor medication compliance, unlike nursing homes, there are no actual nursing and/or medical duties performed.

For the adult who can get around pretty well, but could always use a helping hand in the kitchen, shower, and the like, this option would suit that lifestyle well. Residents maintain independence in a small apartment or house, but with an extra blanket of security from an aide.

We’ll show you why this method is perfect for the person not ready to give up the freedom that comes with taking care of themselves and a household.

Assisted Living Facility: What Is It?

Assisted living is for those who aren’t comfortable or can’t live on their own, and would greatly benefit from daily, sometimes 24-hour, assistance.

The facility will be a collection of small, shared homes, or apartment complexes. Size, style, and cost will be different from location to location.

Sometimes, the assistants can also come to your home, and patients won’t need to move. This will depend upon the state of whoever the help is for. At home, assistants will provide as little or as much care as needed to maintain a comfortable state.

What Does It Do?

This will also vary by facility, so make sure to check out all the guidelines before committing. Some will offer more services than others, such as transportation to and from locations like hospitals or doctor’s appointments, but others will not.

Some of the services we provide are:

* Preparing meals
* Mental stimulation through games and conversations
* Help with pet care (that’s right: you can keep your pet!)
* Light housekeeping
* Laundry Services
* Traveling
* Hygiene Assistance

As the state of your loved one changes, an assisted living facility can change with them, and provide greater accommodations. The overall point of the aides is to provide a comfortable atmosphere to live in. As long as the patient remains a minimum health requirement, assistance can continue.

Whether your loved one is just returning home from the hospital or a rehabilitation stay, we want to provide comfort at a human level: comfort through their favorite home-cooked meals; allowing them to cuddle with their pup, or hang on to that prized plant they’ve had for years.

What Does It Not Do?

Some facilities do not provide 24-hour assistance, while others will. Usually, care lasts for a few years or less, depending on what the patient needs, and whether or not they will ultimately transfer to a nursing home.

An assisted living facility also can’t provide skilled nursing care. Without registered nurses around, some medical monitoring and treatments can’t be performed. It also tends to not provide the services of occupational, physical, and/or respiratory therapists.

Most patients tend to be 80 years old and above, with females being the most common.

If your loved one doesn’t need these services yet, then an assisted living facility is the way to go.

How Long Does It Last?

Most people will use an assisted living facility until they need a nursing home. Typically, assisted living is meant for a few years or less. Depending on the state of the patient, it can be much longer.

If there is a reason to avoid the long-term, intensive care provided at nursing homes, then we recommend doing that.

Some of the only reasons to end assisted living are:

* The patient is in the hospital
* They are moving back home
* They are transferring facilities
* Financial issues
* Transitioning to a nursing home

In this way, assisted living is a temporary option. However, temporary can be spread out as long as the state of your loved one stays in a proper place.

How Much Does It Cost?

Like everything in this world, don’t be afraid to go beyond the first quote. Get second quotes from other facilities, and compare and contrast the services with the prices.

Most assisted living facilities are paid for out-of-pocket and are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Long-term care insurance can also be used to pay for the services. Sometimes reimbursements are available, so make sure to look.

Living in an assisted living facility can be anywhere from $500-3,500 a month, but the average price usually lands at about $2,000. This includes room and board as well as the services provided to ensure your loved one’s health.

A small price to pay for your peace of mind and their safety and wellbeing.

In 2008, there were more than 28,000 assisted living facilities in the U.S. alone. This means that there is enough option for you to shop around and choose the absolute best deal for you and them.

Assist Your Loved One Today

And get them set up with a caring, friendly, professional aide in a comfortable environment – or maybe even their own home.

Don’t put them in a nursing home too soon in case their quality of life be compromised. Let them maintain a sense of self, independence, and freedom from the shackles of constant medical care.

Sometimes all we need is a friendly hand to help around the house, keep our schedules in order, and make dinner for the week. That’s exactly what we do.

Our assistants undergo background checks, drug screens, skills assessments, CPR training, and constant vaccination updates. Give us a call and ensure that your loved one is getting the quality care they deserve!