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The Benefits Of Assisted Living

assisted livingAssisted living or residential living is an arrangement made for adults who require help with different daily activities such as dressing, eating, bathing, or cooking. The ideal residents of such facilities need help but not so serious as to mandate full time nursing care. Such facilities can be run either on their own or as part of a retirement or nursing home. Even though such style of a living arrangement is cost effective compared to services provided inside nursing homes assisted living may still turn out to be expensive when certain factors are not taken into consideration. Due to this hidden costs may be covered by health and long term insurance, the family, or older person’s savings.

The ideal candidate for assisted care is someone with mild cognitive issues who prefers privacy. The reason for this is that such facilities usually have lower ratios of staff to residents. Therefore, the level of care and direct attention given is much lower. Furthermore, the staff may not be medically trained or legally allowed to administer medication to the residents. Elders suffering from incontinence may find these facilities inadequate if they are not able to change their own briefs. Lastly, anyone with a medical condition that needs constant monitoring would do better in a nursing facility; for example someone on blood thinning medication.

The greatest benefit of an assisted living arrangement is that it eases the burden of care for the family. The older person who needs some ongoing attention is placed in a facility where there are staff to help them with their daily activities. From the patient’s perspective, it allows them to live in dignity, around people their own age, and enjoy their last years in relative peace.

There are some tips you need to know if you are going to get a facility with good care. First, check on how the staff is treated and their pay if possible. You need a good ratio of staff to residents, to ensure that care is adequate. The better they are paid, the better the care they will provide. Avoid facilities with fewer staff as they are likely to be underpaid and overworked.

Second, make sure that the facility you choose focuses on meaningful activities rather than activities to kill time. Meaningful and constructive activity helps keep the body and the mind active and healthy. Activities such as bingo or other games can feel as just a way of wasting hours until you are dead, according to one resident.

Third, the arrangement should be built on fostering human and emotional connections. The facility should not feel cold and detached as this depresses the residents. Small acts of kindness fostered between the residents by the staff can make a huge difference. For example, facilities with a welcome committee run by other residents.

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