What is Assisted Senior Living?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chris Guay of Emeritus Senior Living will explore assisted living care arrangements, their benefits and attributes, who they serve, and how they differ. He will also discuss tips on how to evaluate a senior living community when taking a tour.

    Chris Guay: Hello! I'm Chris Guay with Emeritus Senior Living. Today I'm going to talk to you about Assisted Living Communities and who would benefit most from this type of senior living environment.

    As our family members age, you may notice they need a helping hand, that could mean anything, from assistance getting ready for the day, managing medications, to preparing meals, these are commonly known as activities of daily living.

    Assisted living is designed to help with one or several of these activities. If your loved one needs this type of help, it might be time to consider an Assisted Living Community. These communities do not generally offer around-the-clock nursing care, but they're designed to help those that have difficulty caring for themselves.

    The advantage of assisted living over independent living is the added bonus of staff that is trained to support residents and provide supervision 24 hours a day. In addition, most communities offer services like transportation in busy activity calendars to keep residents engaged with other residents.

    Some may have special units for Alzheimer's or Dementia care; there can also be a big difference in which amenities are included with rent and what medical services are providing, according to the facilities license. Be sure to research those things before signing a contract. It's important to remember that Assisted Living Communities are not all the same, they can range in size from adult family homes with 46 residents, to large multiunit communities.

    The benefits of assisted living communities are that they can provide direct assistance with everyday tasks, like bathing, dressing and meals. Again, commonly refer to as activities of daily living. Have a trained staff available and monitoring 24 hours a day, help residents to maintain their dignity while aging.

    May have specialized units for residents with Alzheimer's and Dementia care, can have different licenses allowing for different levels of assistance and independents. If your family member can't live on their own, and needs a bit more supervision, assisted living is a great option.

    Remember, if your loved one is experiencing memory loss, they're going to need more attention, look for a facility that can provide that specialized care.