Moving to a senior care community does not necessarily imply losing independence and the freedom to choose. The best example for this would be an assisted living community, which helps promote health, safety, well-being and socialization. Here, seniors who are no longer able to live on their own safely, but do not require any skilled nursing care can enjoy their sunset years and participate in activities within their community.
What services are provided within an Assisted Living Community?
Assisted Living Communities help seniors with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating etc. The available services vary among facilities, but mostly include meals, housekeeping, laundry services, transportation, medication assistance, emergency call service and planned activities.
It is up to the senior, however, to choose the services he or she would like to make use of.
Many communities have specialized in providing services for different groups of seniors. Whereas some, for example, offer dementia care for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and memory loss, others focus on the very frail elderly being in need of a high level of assistance.
The majority of assisted living communities also offer licensed nurses on staff. These can assist with medication, observe residents’ health status and provide limited health care assistance. However, they do not provide as much assistance as staff working in nursing homes does.
The Cost of Assisted Living Communities
The cost of living in an Assisted Living Community ranges from $2,000 – $4,000 per month depending on the type of community and number of services chosen. In 2010, the cost averaged $2,968 per month or $35,616 yearly, according to MetLife Mature Market Institute.
Some facilities require a one-time entrance fee besides charging fees for supplementary services such as delivering meals to living quarters, extra transportation services or dementia care. Therefore, living in an assisted living community can be quite expensive, especially as most facilities do not accept Medicare and Medicaid or a variety of other medical insurances. Instead, assisted living mostly needs to be covered by private pay.
Choosing an Assisted Living Community
To find the perfect Assisted Living Community for you or your loved one, ask friends, family members and colleagues for recommendations and experiences. Also, Think Senior Care has put together an extensive senior care communities catalog with facilities located all across the nation. You can use this to browse for potential communities and connect with them.
In the end, consider visiting a community in order to get to know the staff and to be able to receive insider information from seniors living there and their family and friends. This will help evaluate whether the community is trustworthy and suitable to become the perfect new home for your loved one or yourself.