Are you searching for a senior community with licensed caregivers on site to help residents with “activities of daily living”?
If so, you’re looking for assisted living centers.
These care communities come in many different shapes and sizes. And they all have their own unique features.
When the building was constructed, how long the residents have lived there, and where the building is located are all factors in how communities look and feel.
There’s a place for every senior.
Other common names for this care category are “assisted living facility” or “assisted living community”.
I don’t care for the term “facility” – it sounds so institutional.
Most assisted living centers are very pleasant places to live and visit.
What Are Assisted Living Centers?
There are thousands of apartment style buildings throughout the country where seniors live together. And more are being constructed all the time.
In these assisted living centers seniors benefit from:
♥ Housekeeping and Laundry
What Kind of Care Do Assisted Living Centers Provide?
If a community is called “assisted living”, it is licensed by the state to provide certain services to its residents.
All assisted living centers are regularly inspected to make sure they are meeting licensing requirements. They are also inspected if any complaints are filed by a resident.
Assisted living centers are licensed to provide their residents with:
♥ Help with medications
♥ Help bathing
♥ Help dressing
♥ Help transferring
♥ Help with toileting or incontinence
Additional care may be performed in some assisted living centers depending upon staffing, the presence of an RN or LVN in the building, and additional care waivers granted.
Assisted living centers are non-medical. So if a senior requires full-time medical care, you may need to look at skilled nursing facilities.
Does A Senior Have To Need Assistance to Live Here?
This is an excellent question. The answer is no.
Many seniors move to “assisted living” because they’re ready for the amenities, not necessarily the care. And, if and when a senior needs to add “care”, professional staff is already the building and will be assigned to their apartment.
It’s best not to move twice if you don’t need to.
How Are Assisted Living Apartments Set Up?
The majority of assisted living buildings are set up apartment style. Studio apartments are very common, and most communities have one-bedroom apartments. Two-bedroom apartments are less common, but they do exist.
Some assisted living building may have shared rooms or shared suites. These can be excellent options for seniors on a fixed income.
Sometimes assisted living centers build free standing units called casitas or patio homes in addition to their apartments.
Free standing homes are much more common in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) that seniors purchase or buy into.
The size and configuration of apartments in assisted living centers will vary. You may have a studio apartment as small as 300 sq ft, or a two-bedroom apartment as large as 1000 sq ft. Most units will fall somewhere in between.
Most apartments in these assisted living centers have kitchenettes. Full kitchens are rare, but do exist.
Kitchenettes usually have a counter area where a senior can keep a microwave, coffee maker or toaster. Cupboards for storage are generally included and perhaps a sink.
Refrigerators are almost always provided. Seniors like to keep their own snacks on hand or eat an occasional meal in their apartment. The refrigerator may not be full sized.
What Else Is In An Assisted Living Center?
In addition to all the apartments where seniors live, all assisted living communities have common areas for meals and social engagement.
Common areas may include:
How Do You Find The Right Assisted Living Centers For Your Unique Circumstances?
This is the most important question….
This is our expertise. We’re here to help your family find your most appropriate assisted living or other senior care options.
Please learn more about how our service works here.
We look forward to speaking with you.
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