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What Type of Care do Assisted Living Facilities Provide?

By brian barrick
April 23, 2013

Assisted Living Facilities offer a safe and secure place for senior or older adults to stay whilst they go on with their daily life. Assisted living facilities fall between a skilled nursing home facility and living in one’s own residence or an independent living community, or in other words they provide a place for elders to stay and go on with their daily routine with a little or minimal assistance from their care givers.

The resident of assisted living facilities can be termed as, senior citizens who do not need round the clock medical care or assistance but are in badly need of companionship and some help in running of their life.

Depending on the location, assisted living facilities, can range from small houses or cottages for each individual, to buildings having units or apartments or rooms like in  hotels, with common dining room, kitchen, recreation room and or exercising facilities, and thus the types of care and facilities provide to residents will vary from facility to facility.

Assisted living facilities will generally not have round the clock nursing staff or medical monitoring equipments, but will have them a call away. Many will provide for medication management which could include insulin injection by a registered nurse. They will provide for alarms or bells for twenty four hours assistance. They can provide staff with various skills, for certain residents, whilst they are recouping from certain illness, an accident or permanent disability.  Now a day’s these facilities are designed to be more user friendly for disabled people, using their walkers or wheelchairs.

The basic facilities that are commonly provided by the assisted living facilities can be summed up as follows:

  • Providing Companionship – making the elders feel wanted by the community.
  • Safety and security.
  • Alarm or emergency call systems in each residential unit.
  • Medication management and access to health and medical services.
  • Housekeeping services.
  • Assisting residents with daily chores like bathing, dressing, eating, bathroom details, etc.
  • Meals.
  • Recreation – T.V., Indoor games, entertainers, outings and picnics, visits to the library etc.
  • Transportation – be it to the doctor, grocery store, a shopping mall, to the cinema or theatre or just a visit to a friend.
  • Exercise and wellness programs.
  • Providing assistance to special needs of a resident.

In short these assisted living facilities are trying to make the residents feel at home, active as they can be.

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