Making a transition from your home to assisted living is a monumental change for anyone and while it may be the best decision for everyone involved, there still may be questions about what services are offered for your loved one. Although every state and facility is different, the level of care and services offered should remain the same throughout each residence. Let’s take a look at what services are available within an average assisted living community.
• Residents in assisted living communities typically require assistance with facets of daily living. This can include activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, medication management and transferring assistance etc. Most assisted living communities provide licensed nursing services and have staff 24 hours a day for additional safety.
• Central dining facilities that will include three well-balanced meals a day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
• Educational activities including special how-to classes to learn something new, bringing in speakers to lecture residents about interesting topics, or including documentaries that appeal to residents such as art history.
• Emergency call and nurse call systems that meet the needs of their residents and their staff.
• Numerous exercise activities including strength, stretching, balance, and endurance exercises.
• Health services and medication administration to help provide the best type of health management possible.
• Recreational activities such as different outings, going to local events together, rotary clubs, bridge club, craft nights, art fairs, and local festivals to name a few.
• Transportation to and from different events and doctor appointments.
• Chapel or religious events pertaining to different religions.
• Security throughout the community.
If you’re still not 100% positive your loved one has everything they need within their assisted living community, give the assisted living coordinator a call and talk through any worries your might have pertaining to your love one. The administration will be happy to accommodate your family as you are being guided through this process. The goal is to make their new home within the assisted living community comfortable, safe, and ultimately an easy decision you can feel at ease making.