The best assisted living facilities provide privacy and comfort in a home-inspired atmosphere. Settings for senior living, from high-rise apartments to campus communities, vary as much as the individuals who require them. Unlike independent living communities, assisted living accommodations provide various services and amenities. Below is a sampling of what you can expect from an assisted living community.
Residents may live in a private apartment or share one with a companion. While furnishings may be provided, residents usually bring their own items to personalize their space. Units may be equipped with kitchen accommodations.
There will be several community spaces in an assisted living residence. These usually include the dining room – typically designed like a well-appointed restaurant – game room, library, parlor and garden.
Common Assisted Living Services:
- Assistance with personal needs as required.
- Emergency call system for each occupant.
- Meals provided in the dining area.
- House cleaning and laundry services.
- Shuttle bus transportation.
- Wellness programs.
- Barber/beautician on site.
Entertainment and Wellness
Senior living communities provide residents with numerous opportunities for social engagement and entertainment. These may include book clubs, theater outings and garden clubs. Because everyone has their own idea about what makes a good quality of life, a superior senior community will provide a variety of activities to meet residents’ needs. There should be programs for everyone; from active residents to those who need memory care. Physical wellness activities should also be part of well-planned senior programming. This may include anything from chair exercises to walking and yoga.
Meals and Housekeeping
Senior living dining comes in a variety of styles from casual cafeteria to fine dining. Because food quality and service are of upmost importance to residents, communities typically customize food selections and adapt menus according to tastes. Residents have the option to dine in their own room. Three meals each day and snacks are provided.
Health Care Access
Although medical treatment is not the role of an assisted living facility, residents should be able to remain in their assisted living apartment to receive medical care from rounding physicians of their choosing. Assisted living communities usually provide basic medical care services such as medication management and record keeping. Residents can also choose to have outside health care providers visit their apartments to deliver service.
These are some typical health care amenities:
- Staff is able to manage home health visits from nurses and therapists.
- Staff can assist residents with memory loss.
- There is a well-defined procedure for medical emergencies.
Safety and Security
Senior living facilities are usually serviced by a 24-hour emergency response system that is available in every resident apartment. Buildings are secure and equipped with monitoring systems that facilitate resident freedom while maintaining resident safety.
Available transportation is an important amenity needed for individuals to feel independent. While residents can drive their own cars, assisted living communities also provide chauffeured transportation. Prearranged outings are usually offered to residents, but they can also expect to have transportation provided as needed for shopping, doctor appointments and other errands.
About Senior Path:
We are a professional, senior housing advisory service which provides personal attention to Seniors and their families. We employ a staff of talented, caring Advisors who have vast experience helping Seniors and their families through this transition. Our Advisors have extensive backgrounds in the Senior Care industry enabling them to understand what Seniors want and need.