By Michelle Ettenger
Elmcroft of Roswell
Member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Georgia chapter
Not too long ago, families had few choices for senior housing. If an elderly person was unable to manage in their own home or could not be cared for by his family, then the nursing home for the infirm and the most frail was the only housing option available.
Today, it is quite different.
Families now can find a wealth of communities providing services at a variety of care levels, including independent living, assisted living, personal care, memory care, home health care with therapy services, and home care companion services.
Each offers a different range of elder care services so that residents can design a lifestyle that comfortably fits their personality and abilities.
While independent living caters to those still able to manage by themselves, assisted living communities offer a residential setting to those who require monitoring of their daily living tasks as well as 24-hour care staffing. With the additional assistance of home health nursing, rehabilitative therapies and, at times, hospice care, assisted living can provide appropriate care into all stages of late life.
Yet assisted living is not intended or designed to meet the acute needs of those who require skilled nursing services and continuous medical attention.
Assisted living communities come in all shapes and sizes, from the small converted ranch-style personal care home of a few residents to the massive grand hotel-like setting of well-appointed apartments and an extensive list of social amenities.
State guidelines mandate that assisted living communities provide three meals a day plus snacks and offer assistance with housekeeping, laundry, hygiene, medication management, care needs, activities and safety – through the watchful oversight of their residents.
Yet, how these services are delivered will be unique to each facility.
Knowing that an assisted living community has a good track record and a good reputation is essential when evaluating assisted living alternatives. Also, ask to see the state inspection report. All assisted living facilites are required to have a copy of their most recent survey available to anyone.
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