Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Elder Care | 0 comments

The demands of daily work often hinder many family members from personally providing their elderly or sick loved ones with all the care, attention and time that they need. This is especially true with regard to parents who have reached the age of 55 or 60. Though they may still show some signs of physical strength to accomplish many things, even the capability to live independently, it cannot be denied that many of them need assistance in various activities and, probably, a safer environment where they can move freely without risk of slip and fall accident and where they can enjoy keeping themselves busy through social activities.

This is just the kind of life that your elderly loved one can live in an Assisted Living Community. Assisted living, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), is long-term care wherein people are provided with health care and other support services. Seniors in assisted living communities do not need the level of care that a nursing home offers, their needs rather center on companionship and some assistance in day-to-day living.  Thus, residents usually live privately in apartment units; this is to give them their needed independence and the freedom to make their own decisions. According to the Cleveland Clinic, if you are concerned about your loved one’s ability to live independently, a geriatric evaluation and management assessment should be performed.

Assisted living communities have trained staff on-site that monitors resident seniors and who make sure that all their needs, such as emergency medical assistance, physical therapy and hospice care, are addressed on time. Staff members also provide other services, including laundry, sheet changing, cooking and serving food, grocery service and, depending on the disclosure of services, medication management, escorting to meals and activities, toileting, bathing assistance, dressing, and assistance of an RN for insulin injections.

These communities keep senior residents active and busy through various activities, like daily exercises, social activities, education programs, off-site outings, health and wellness programs, education programs, arts and crafts, indoor games, outdoor walking, and many others. In making sure that residents are also always in the best look, some facilities have a beauty parlor on site.

31,000 assisted living communities currently exist in the US. Monthly rent rate varies by state. In Texas, for example, the average daily cost for assisted living is $117; some charge as low as $28 a day, while others charge as much as $287 per day. Average annual cost in Texas is $42,270.

Some families may find sending their loved one in an assisted living community a costly move. There are, however, financial solutions available, like Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits, and Long-Term Care Insurance.

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