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Assisted Living Explained

Reviewed by: MySeniorCare Staff
Last Updated: 4/15/2011 1:03:12 PM

When seniors are unable to fully care for themselves, they can relocate to an assisted living community rather than a nursing home. A nursing facility provides 24-hour geriatric care, but it does not offer the comfort nor independent lifestyle of one's home.

An assisted living community is a secure home that offers numerous benefits. Residents receive individualized care while enjoying a variety of amenities. The services they provide enable residents to continue living an independent life.

Custom Assisted Living

One of the greatest benefits to assisted living for seniors is the independence they retain. Assisted living provides customized care according to the needs of the residents, but it is not a nursing facility, nor a retirement home. Unlike a nursing home, the resident typically has a one- or two-bedroom home, complete with a kitchen, living room and private bathroom designed with the physical needs of seniors in mind. The resident is able to keep their own furniture and belongings, and they enjoy the privacy and comfort of their own home. It is a step up from a retirement home, since special services are provided.

Meal Preparation

Depending on their capabilities and requirements, senior citizens residing in an assisted living community can enjoy preparing meals in the comfort of their very own kitchen. When they do not want to prepare their own meals, they can dine with other seniors in a community dining room while enjoying the company of guests. This is one of the greatest benefits provided, since it gives seniors the choice to dine in or out. Best of all, their nutritional needs are met.

Personal Care Assistance

Seniors requiring personal care assistance can receive help with bathing, hair care and using the bathroom. Help is right around the corner when necessary. Personal care assistance is also one of the greatest benefits of assisted living.

Housekeeping Assistance

Many seniors in assisted living communities regularly take care of their homes, but housekeeping assistance is available to those unable to clean, as well as to those who enjoy the luxury of having their residence maintained on a regular basis. This is also one of the many benefits of living in this type of community.

These are just some of the many benefits to living in an assisted living community. Many facilities also allow small pets and gardens, as well as regular trips to stores and entertainment venues. However, like any type of one-on-one care, residing in an assisted living community is not cheap. Yet considering the numerous advantages, it can be the ideal solution for senior citizens who want to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

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