Assisted Living Homes and Communities
An assisted living is an excellent option for seniors requiring supervision or assistance with their activities of daily living (ADLs). Assisted living is a catch-all phrase that describes both assisted living homes (ALHs) and assisted living facility (ALF). Assisted living homes (ALHs) or residences may also be described as assisted living residence (ALRs), personal care homes (PCHs) are licensed assisted living homes that provide 24 hour care and house a minimum of 4 residents in a residential neighborhood. An assisted living home will typically provide a private or semi-private bedroom and will have family-style dining. An assisted living facility (ALF) or community (ALC) is a licensed assisted living property providing 24 hour care and is located in a commercial area. The assisted living facility (ALF) or assisted living community (ALC) will typically provide apartment style living with restaurant style dining.
Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) by trained staff may include the administration or supervision of medication, or personal care services; such as bathing, dressing, toileting, shaving, nail care, oral care, walking, and incontinence. Cost for services may be built into the monthly fee or charged for each individual service. According to MetLife, the national average costs for assisted living is $3550 and will range from $2000 to $5000, per month.
Senior Independent Apartments
Independent senior living communities, also known as retirement communities, senior living communities or independent retirement communities, are housing designed for seniors 55 and older.
Independent senior living communities commonly provide apartments but some also offer cottages, condominiums, and single-family homes. Residents are seniors who do not require assistance with daily activities or 24/7 skilled nursing but may benefit from convenient services, senior-friendly surroundings, and increased social opportunities that independent senior living communities offer.
Independent senior living communities are also popular among snowbird seniors who wish to downsize or travel freely without the burden of managing a home.
Many retirement communities offer dining services, basic housekeeping and laundry services, transportation to appointments and errands, activities, social programs, and access to exercise equipment. Some also offer emergency alert systems, live-in managers, and amenities like pools, spas, clubhouses, and onsite beauty and barber salons.
Independent senior living properties do not provide health care or assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as medication, bathing, eating, dressing, toileting and more. Independent senior living differs from continuing care communities, which offer independent living along with multiple other levels of care, such as assisted living and skilled nursing, in one single residence.
If your loved one is no longer able to care for him- or herself due to progressive impairment, you can count on Healthy At homecare for a residential solution. When living at home is no longer an option for a loved one it doesn’t mean that their days at home are over. All it means is that it’s time for a different home.
In addition to the assistance provided with activities of daily living, Memory Care staff is specially trained to assist people with dementia or impaired cognition. The services that are offered in memory care facilities include, 24-hour staff supervision and security, emergency call systems, standard Daily meals, housekeeping and laundry services, health and exercise programs, social programs and activities, transportation, access to medical care and many more.
Adult Day Care Centers
Normally, adult day care is used to relieve the caregiver or his or her duties for the day while ensuring that the care recipient will still receive the proper care in a safe, friendly environment. These centers usually operate during normal business hours five days a week, and some centers also offer additional services during evenings and weekends. Currently, there are more than 4,000 of these programs operating in the United States.
In general, there are three main types of adult day care centers: those that focus primarily on social interaction, those that provide medical care, and those dedicated to Alzheimer’s care. Many of these facilities are affiliated with other organizations, including home care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, medical centers, or other senior service providers. The average participant in this type of program is a 76-year-old female who lives with a spouse, adult children, or other family or friends. About 50 percent of these individuals have some form of cognitive impairment and more than half require assistance with at least two daily living activities.
Home care, (also referred to as domiciliary care, social care, or in-home care), is supportive care provided in the home. Care may be provided by licensed healthcare professionals who provide medical care needs or by professional caregivers who provide daily care to help to ensure the activities of daily living (ADL’s) are met. In home medical care is often and more accurately referred to as home health care or formal care. Often, the term home health care is used to distinguish it from non-medical care, custodial care, or private-duty care which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel.