Assisted living is a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management, bathing, dressing and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer’s Dementia, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges. Residents are assessed upon move in, at regular intervals, and any time there is a change in their health condition. The assessment is used to develop an Individualized Plan of Care.
According to the National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, there are over 31,000 assisted living communities nationwide serving almost one million seniors. A relatively new concept twenty-five years ago, today assisted living is the most preferred and fastest growing long-term care option for seniors. What’s great about this revolutionary long-term care option available throughout the United States is that it promotes Choice, Dignity, Independence, and Quality of life.
Based on the varied preferences and needs of the elderly, there are a variety of settings from which to choose. These choices range from larger Centers with apartment style living to residential care homes with up to 10 residents.