Assisted Living Communities also called Assisted Living Facilities provide residents assistance as needed with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, laundry, medications, meal preparation and housekeeping while residents remain as independent as possible. Some Assisted Living Facilities provide specialized care in specific areas such as Alzheimers and Memory Care. Assisted Living Communities are also a good option for residents who need limited ADL support but also enjoy the company of others with similar interests.
Assisted Living Homes are smaller with fewer residents than assisted living facilities, which may be more appealing to some of our elders. An assisted living home offers assistance with ADLs but can also accommodate some specialized care based on residents’ specific health needs.
Some assisted living facilities, unlike homes, are connected with independent living residences and nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities that provide a continuum of care for people with progressive health needs. These facilities are called Continuing Care Retirement Communities and have all services available on one campus. For example, a resident may start in an independent living situation and later require more assistance with ADLs such as meal plans, laundry services, transportation and activity planning. Assisted Living locators™ Atlanta also provides options for those who may have suffered from a massive stroke and require 24-hour nursing care or those who have sustained an injury and may require temporary outpatient or inpatient rehabilitative care. After recovery and depending on their specific needs, they either return to the Independent Living or Assisted Living community.
When considering joining a continuing care facility, it is important to consider the three types of service contracts: Extensive, modified and fee-for-service. All three contract options cover shelter, short-term and emergency care, amenities and residential services.
· Extensive – covers unlimited long-term nursing care without monthly rate increases. This can be an expensive option but cost effective in a long-term situation.
· Modified – covers a specific amount of care with the monthly fee. Once the specific amount is used, the resident must pay for additional nursing care.
· Fee-for Service – residents must pay for long-term care at daily nursing care rates. Future long-term nursing costs are paid separate from the contract.