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What Is Long-Term Care?

There are several long-term care options for seniors. One of these is called assisted living, which differs greatly from nursing homes. Learn more about assisted living to determine if it’s the right option for your loved one.

What Is Long-Term Care?

Assisted living was a new concept 25 years ago, but now it’s the fastest-growing segment of long-term care for older adults. It’s a housing community where only seniors reside. Assisted living/long-term care facilities may be located in freestanding apartment complexes, alongside nursing homes or hospitals, or as part of a continuing care retirement community. Their purpose is to create a homelike setting where seniors can receive the extra help they need.

Assisted Living Services

In addition to housing, assisted living programs often provide access to personal and health care services. The level of care each resident receives is catered to their specific needs. Services and activities may include:

  • 24-hour supervision
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served in a group dining room
  • Assistance with daily tasks, such as bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene
  • Medication management
  • Social services
  • Additional support for dementia patients or those with disabilities
  • Recreational activities and events
  • Exercise and wellness programs
  • Laundry services
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • Transportation assistance

Who Lives in Assisted Living Communities?

Assisted living services are most appropriate for retired seniors who can no longer safely live at home, but who don’t require the in-depth care of a nursing home. Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients are welcome.

The ability to customize personal and health care services—and modify them if needed as time goes by—makes assisted living the perfect way for seniors to enjoy retirement semi-independently. It’s the answer overwhelmed family members are looking for, and it gives your loved one the tools needed to flourish in this new stage of life.

Certified Assisted Living Communities

In most states, assisted living facilities must be registered, licensed, or certified by a state department or agency. Expect the staff to be comprised of highly trained caregivers who are passionate about helping senior citizens get the most out of their twilight years. Rest assured that third-party providers monitor residents to ensure they are happy and healthy.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?

The cost of long-term care varies depending on what type you choose. Nursing homes are among the most expensive options, with some private rooms running $7,000 per month or higher across the U.S. Assisted living is more affordable, with costs averaging $3,500 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.

With all the built-in services—including three meals a day and housekeeping—assisted living may not cost as much as you think. Consider that seniors who choose to age in place often need to hire in-home care and pay for meal delivery. Plus, they miss out on the social aspects of living near other seniors.

Get Help Finding an Assisted Living Community for Your Loved One

Does assisted living sound like the perfect option for your loved one? Now, the trick is to find a community you like in your area.

Senior Placement, a division of Senior Planning Services, is here to help connect you with the right assisted living facility to suit your loved one’s needs. We’ll consult with you, coordinate facility tours, help you make the necessary preparations, and remain in contact to ensure a smooth transition. With us by your side, you can be sure your loved one receives the care they need while enjoying the quality of life they deserve.

To learn more, please contact us today. We have offices in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.