May 4th, 2012Choosing the Right Assisted Living Facility
Assisted living facilities provide professional care for those who need assistance with everyday living activities. These activities can include household chores, running errands and preparing meals. Assisted living offers individuals the chance to live as independently as possible while providing 24 hour care and support. It is a perfect transition for those who require more personal care than what is available at home but do not require the supervision or medical care around the clock that is typically provided in a nursing home.
Making the transition from home to an assisted living facility may be difficult for some people. Talking with family and friends before making the decision can help ease some of the concerns and anxiety that may develop. Living in an assisted living facility should feel as safe and comfortable as living at home. The best way to find a facility that meets those needs is to interview the staff and take a tour.
All questions and concerns should be addressed during the interview with a prospective facility. Discuss all needs with the staff and observe their responses. How well they can meet all of those needs should be fully addressed during this interview. In addition, staff members should be able to explicitly explain all activities and details of the community.
Talk with other residents in the facility to get a feel of what life is like within the community. If possible, try to make several trips throughout the day to get a more in-depth feel of the community at different times. In addition, ask about the various types of social activities as well as the safety services that are offered throughout the facility.
High-quality assisted living facilities should encourage independent living. An emergency call system should be readily available for all residents and around the clock security should be provided. Residents should have as much freedom as they desire with personalized plans that meet the needs of each resident and accommodates their disabilities.
The cost of an assisted living facility may depend on factors such as how many amenities and services that are offered. Medicare does not cover the costs of assisted living; however, individuals that have long term care insurance can have a significant portion of their expenses paid for during their stay at the facility. State Medicaid and other types of programs are also available for lower income individuals.