Again, this question naturally comes up: why are we paying for expensive assisted living care if we might also need these extra services?
The answer is somewhat complex but boils down to this: an assisted living community is not a skilled medical facility. Though staff members are on duty 24-7, an individual who needs advanced care services and close supervision may not be the best candidate for assisted living.
However, there may be times — due to illness, a fall or fracture — when an individual who is normally quite independent requires temporary additional support. Home care or an OT’s services may help fill these short-term care gaps. Sometimes, residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia may need more attention and care overnight, when fewer staff are on duty. A private home care aide may be a good option.
Most assisted living providers permit families/individuals to choose a home care agency or individual caregiver. Sometimes, the community recommends selection from an approved list of home care providers. Communities that are affiliated with a larger healthcare system may have their own home care branch; in this case, families may be required to contract with this provider.
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