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Making the Assisted Living Decision

As the number of seniors increases each year, more and more families are finding that while they require some assistance, the elders in their families continue to enjoy an active and eventful lifestyle.

 

Assisted living is an exciting option for seniors who need some help with activities of daily living yet want to retain as much independence and privacy as possible.

Meals, laundry and housekeep are standard as are a variety of activities and outings.

Assisted living facilities are licensed and regulated by individual states, which explains why there can be differences in terminolgy and services in different areas of the country.

Assisted living can facilitate that lifestyle in a safe and secure setting. Making the decision to consider assisted living and selecting the best facility can be overwhelming if it's all new to you. That's why it's important to learn as much as possible so that you can make the best selection.

As the number of seniors increases each year, more and more families are finding that while they require some assistance, the elders in their families continue to enjoy an active and eventful lifestyle. Assisted living can facilitate that lifestyle in a safe and secure setting. Making the decision to consider assisted living and selecting the best facility can be overwhelming if it's all new to you. That's why it's important to learn as much as possible so that you can make the best selection.

Assisted living facilities are an excellent choice for families whose loved ones need help with the activities associated with everyday living. These activities of daily living (also called ADL) range from enjoying the basic services, such as the meals that are served in the dining room, to receiving necessary care from experiences caregivers and professionals.

The basic services offered in assisted living facilities usually include meals, housekeeping, laundry, and group activities and outings. If and when desired, they can include help with walking, bathing, toileting and dressing as well as medication management.

Once you've selected a facility, a member of the staff will meet with the new resident and family members. Together, they will agree upon a custom care plan that will strike a balance between providing the amount of care that is needed and allowing the resident to enjoy the maximum independence possible.

In the case of a serious medical condition, the care plan will be designed to ensure that the doctor's orders are followed and that the patient enjoys maximum comfort and minimize suffering. The overall cost of the assisted living is impacted by the level of services provided. Families usually research care options and pricing before making a decision to choose the best facility for their family member.

Individual states set standards for senior housing, which includes elder assisted living. In different areas of the country, various terms are used to describe these facilities, from personal care homes to adult congregate care. These homes may be called different names, but they are basically the same and are generally referred to as assisted living facilities.

It can be difficult to decide on an assisted living facility for your loved one. Perhaps you've hear of someone's bad experience at a nursing home. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that today's assisted living facilities create an atmosphere that shows respect and concern to our seniors, and can often provide an opportunity for living healthy and independently for the senior residents.

It's usually the family who first determines that the senior in their family is unable to continue living on their one. The elder may be reluctant, but the family is convinced that they can no longer live a healthy life in their current setting. The family and the senior must choose first to make the move. If the senior is not capable of making decisions, then the person they have appoint to do so becomes the responsible party. Helping the senior understand what will be the same (family visits, having their own furniture and belongs) and what will change helps them to adjust. For some, the fact the church services are often offered right at the facility is a benefit that will be a big plus. Fortunately, most seniors find that the convenience of the services offered along with the activities to be enjoyed, make the transition to assisted living a pleasant one and they find it fairly easy to make this transition.

Make a list of your questions and concerns, and then make an appointment to tour a facility. Take the time to experience the benefits that the facility has to offer. Enjoy a meal in the dining room, join in when they have a performer or a sing-a-long. While you are experiencing assisted living first-hand, observe the resident, the staff and especially the exchanges between staff members and residents. You'll get a different feeling from each facility you tour and this should help you to select the best one for your family member.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities

Learn as much as you can about all the senior housing options that are available in your area. Everything you read and each facility you visit will help you to get closer to determining your own need. There are adult family homes, retirement communities, board and care homes, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other options. With all these options, and maybe because there are so many choices, it can be overwhelming. There's nothing wrong with getting help.

A few of the services offered by assisted living placement services are:
1) Determining if Assisted Living is Right for You
2) Determining the level of care needed
3) Locating the home or facility best suited to your needs
4) Helping you to negotiate the lowest possible price for you and your family
5) Helping you with finanacial planning so that your resources can be used wisely to cover the costs involved
6) Ensuring that the facility you choose is able to handle any special needs that you may have.

There are a number of placement agencies that will be more than happy to help you sort through the maze and make the best choice for your loved one. This is their field of expertise and they are happy to share the knowledge they've gathered with you. A few of our favorites are A Place For Mom, Elderlink, and Assisted Living. In Southern California and Southern Arizona, one of our favorites is Assisted Living Placements. Most referral agencies (also called placement agencies) will provide their services free of charge.