Assisted living facilities come in all shapes, sizes, and neighborhoods. This type of senior housing is sometimes mistaken for independent living communities; in that, they both offer senior apartments. Based on the resident’s varied preferences and needs, there are a variety of settings from which to choose. These choices range from high-rise buildings to one or two-story commercial premises to large multi-acre campuses. Assisted living facilities are also located in single-family homes, and duplexes referred to as residential care facilities.
The philosophy of an assisted living facility is to provide personalized, resident-centered care to meet their individual preferences and needs. Assisted living facilities are designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, and dressing. Some residents may have memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence, or other challenges.
Assisted living facilities offer residents comfort, freedom, privacy, and dignity, along with family involvement. Residents are encouraged to socialize and interact with people in and out of their facility. Resident family members and friends are invited to get involved in the assisted living community. Some facilities allow visitors to come at any time of the day and have overnight stays.
Assisted living facilities provide adequate care for individuals in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. These individuals need more intensive support for areas of daily living. Many assisted living facilities have a designated wing or care center that offers specialized care and security for residents with memory loss. However, if or when your loved one’s dementia starts showing signs of progression, it will be time to change from an assisted living facility to a memory care facility.
Amenities• Exercise and wellness programs
Services• One to three meals a day
Activities• Scheduled movie nights
Most assisted living residences charge on a month-to-month lease agreement, but a few require long-term contracts. The cost of the monthly fee may vary based on the type of facility, geographical location, and the level of care an individual needs. The Genworth Cost of Care Survey in 2018 says that the national median cost for assisted living per month is $4,000, which breaks down to around $133 per day.
Assisted living facilities are often less expensive than home health or nursing home care in the same geographical area. Many assisted living residents today pay for long-term care from their financial resources. More seniors are purchasing long-term care insurance to help plan for and finance their long-term care needs.
Policies define and govern what care and services are required for an assisted living facility to meet the standard of each state. Each state has its policies that define and dictate what care and services are needed for an assisted living facility to meet the state standards.
Below are nine senior care options that cover care facilities, independent living, and in-home care. Under each option, there is a short description outlining the care or service of the care option. Select the option that you feel best suits the needs of your loved one. If you're not sure, don't worry. It can be changed as you go through the process. Now that you have selected your care option-click the link "Select this option."
As you complete the form, please read it carefully. The information you provide the facility or care agency is key to a successful placement. Note, if you don't have your loved one's physician's report, just put their diagnosis as you believe it to be. Also, make sure their monthly care budget is what you have selected. In the comments box, enter any information you think would be helpful to the facility or care agency — Submit the form.
If you requested the facilities or care agencies to call you, expect up to four calls over the next twenty-four hours. They will answer any questions you may have about your loved one's care needs. From that point, if you are satisfied, you can set up a tour with one or all of them. Be prepared with a physician's report during the visit so that you can have an idea of the cost of care. If you choose to go forward after your visit, the facility will set up a time to assess your loved one.
Adult day care centers focus on social interaction with adults and older persons. Adult day health care (ADHC) provides day care to adults with chronic medical conditions. Use our adult day care center placement and referral agency to find adult day care centers.Select this option
Assisted living facilities provide seniors more companionship and some assistance in day-to-day living. Assisted living facilities come in all sizes. Our assisted living facility placement and referral agency will help seniors find the right private pay assisted living community.Select this option
Continuing care communities are a combination of memory care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. CCRC's are owned by private companies and staffed to provide a "continuum of care". There are three basic types of contracts for care in a CCRC.Select this option
Hospice care is more than a place of care, hospice is a unique kind of care for people with advanced illnesses. Hospice care is a specialized care that accepts dying as the final stage of life. Use our hospice care facility placement and referral agency to find hospice care facilities.Select this option
Independent living is simply any housing arrangement designed for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. These communities are for seniors who need no care. Use our independent living community placement and referral agency to find independent living.Select this option
Home care and in-home care are sometimes referred to as home health care, home health and private duty. Our home care placement and referral agency will help clients find in-home care, home care, home health care and private duty home care close to you.Select this option
Memory care is a term that refers to specialized care provided by some facilities to help elder/seniors and other individuals affected by memory impairment. Use our memory care facility placement and referral agency to find private pay memory care facilities.Select this option
Residential Care Homes are also known as adult family homes, adult family care homes, care homes, residential care facilities and personal care homes. Our residential care home placement and referral agency will help seniors find the appropriate senior care home.Select this option
Skilled nursing facilities are normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide custodial care, which includes getting in and out of bed. Use our skilled nursing facility placement and referral agency to help you find the right facility.Select this option