What Do You Need to Know When Searching for an Assisted Living Facility?

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on January 10, 2024 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights
Updated on January 25, 2024

An elderly woman being visited by an assisted living caregiverMany people are confused about what different types of long-term care facilities provide. For instance, they may think that a nursing home provides the same level of care as an assisted living facility.

The article below discusses assisted living facilities, what they provide and how they are different from nursing homes.

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What Is an Assisted Living Facility?

An assisted living facility is a type of long-term care, but it is still a far cry from living in a nursing home. Assisted living facilities make it possible for elderly individuals who can no longer fully care for themselves to maintain a level of independence. Residents living in assisted living can manage to get through the day without too much supervision. However, they can still get help with things like:

  • Meals
  • Housekeeping tasks
  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Dressing
  • Toileting

People living in these facilities may have early-onset Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Other candidates for assisted living may include elderly individuals with some physical disabilities. They may need assistance to go to the bathroom or shower, reminders to take medications and help with eating.

How Do Assisted Living Facilities Differ From a Nursing Home?

A nursing home provides a higher level of care for residents who have more advanced medical problems. Residents in assisted living may need help with certain tasks, but they do not yet need full-time medical care.

What Should You Know Before Choosing an Assisted Living Facility?

It is important to visit the facilities you are interested in and research them thoroughly. A recent news article answers many questions and provides some important information you should know about, such as:

  • How much assisted living will cost you
  • Extra charges or fees you may not have been told about
  • Type of billing you can expect from an assisted living facility
  • What happens when your medical needs change and you need more care?
  • What if you begin to run out of money?
  • How do you research a facility to find out if it provides quality care?
  • What should you look for during a site visit?

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