For many families, the biggest questions are about the type of skilled nursing facility that is best for their loved ones and how assisted living and personal care differs from other forms of around the clock care.
Assisted living is a fairly new category of care, but one that is sure to grow in the coming years. One of the things families need to know is that life doesn’t stop at an assisted living or personal care home; it thrives. By incorporating larger living and activity space and embodying the concept of allowing residents to age in place, this type of care provides residents with quality around the clock assistance without having to move to a licensed long-term facility when their care needs increase.
The term ‘assisted living’ has been used for more than 20 years and applies to assisted living residences. They can design programs to meet individual needs – for short-term stays when support services are required, and for permanent residency when chronic conditions exist. Both offer a holistic approach to health care that provides residents with quality around the clock care from trained caregivers and in many cases nurses too, but also supports an environment in which residents have a wide variety of options and choice when it comes to their daily activities.
However, assisted living differs from personal care in three ways: construction, concept and level of care. This model has been adapted over the years and still is focused on social benefits, but very much incorporates many of the medical services that older residents need to lead full, satisfying lives, while also granting them a greater degree of independence.
Assisted living residents come from all around and they provide a homelike atmosphere and focus on the needs of residents and what makes them happy.
People come for various reasons; some for short term stays, but most are looking for a community that will allow them to age in place and live their lives to the fullest, and that’s where the focus is.
The decision to move a loved one into an assisted living or personal care community is a family decision and with the holidays coming up, many families will be spending a greater deal of time together. Most people would rather age in place at home, but that’s not always an option. While talking about short-term and long-term plans for loved ones isn’t necessarily anyone’s favorite subject, this upcoming season provides a good opportunity to have those difficult discussions and look at options.
For more information on assisted living, contact Spring Arbor.