What Kind of Care Is Provided in Assisted Living?

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 30 October 2012

Mom’s dementia is getting worse. Grandpa has had one too many falls in the past year; living at home alone is no longer a safe option. Your sister had another mini stroke, affecting her mobility; your husband needs more care and assistance than you can physically (and emotionally) provide.

People consider assisted living care for any number of reasons, but it’s important to be certain that it is the appropriate setting for your family member before making the final call.

In order to make an informed decision, you should know what type of care is provided in assisted living. It may be that your parent or relative needs more assistance or medical care than is provided.

Most assisted living communities provide 1-2 hours a day of assistance with ADLs (activities of daily living), like getting out of bed, taking a shower, getting dressed, and using the bathroom. For those that need more than an hour a day, or more complicated care services, assisted living may not be the best setting, or you may need to fill in the gaps with home care.

When evaluating certain communities, ask them how many hours of care is provided, and to what extent and cost.  How many hours of personal care an individual requires daily is often the main driver of costs above and beyond the monthly room and board charges.

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