Assistance with medication: When it comes to the care provided, assisted living communities are typically non-medical in nature. About the only skilled service (that is, a task that requires more training and certifications for those involved in it) is medication management and administration. Some senior residents may only need reminders for taking their medications, others require more help in taking the appropriate daily doses.
Breakdown of cost: The extent of assistance that your loved one needs will determine your monthly costs. Generally, an assisted living community will charge room and board, and provide about an hour or two of daily assistance, in a base monthly rate. The care hours beyond that, and any additional services (like laundry and housekeeping) are often charged a la carte.
Congregate meals: An important component of communal living is congregate meals. Although room service can be provided in the case of illness, assisted living residents enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the community dining room, reaping the benefits of scheduled meal times, interaction with peers and staff — not to mention the freedom from preparation, service and clean-up.
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