Benefits of an Assisted Living Facility

October 31, 2014

hgAssisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs); coordination of services by outside health care providers; and monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their health, safety, and well-being.

Assistance includes the administration of medication, or personal care services provided by trained staff.

Assisted living emerged as an alternative to nursing home care. Offering a less-expensive, residential approach to delivering many of the same services available in skilled nursing. The philosophy of assisted living is to provide personalized care in order to meet the individual preferences and needs promoting independence and dignity.

Assisted living facilities come in a variety of settings to choose from. The choices range from small residential houses to high-rise buildings to large multi-acre campuses.

People who live in assisted living facilities usually have their own private or semi-private room. Trained staff are on-site 24 hours a day to provide other needed services. Household chores are performed: sheets are changed, laundry is done, and food is cooked and served.

A typical assisted living facility resident would usually be a senior citizen man or a woman who prefers more companionship and needs some assistance in day-to-day living. Age groups will vary with every facility.

Residents of assisted living facilities need not be concerned with daily meal preparation, because a central kitchen and dining facility typically provides three meals each day. The central dining facility also allows for visiting with others without having to leave home. This greatly reduces the isolation that elderly, disabled people may suffer when living alone and who are afraid (usually for physical reasons) to leave their homes.

Mindy Sowell
Assisted Living at Hawkins Gate LLC