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Hundreds of thousands of American seniors utilize assisted living, a figure that is only growing. For these seniors, assisted living combines residential housing, assistance in daily activities, and some healthcare. These communities also strive to provide an atmosphere that is comfortable and engaging for their residents.
Assisted living may also be known as assisted care, assistive care, residential care, supportive living, basic care, personal care, adult living facilities, adult foster care, or personal care in certain states. They may be free-standing community, a section of a continuing care community, nursing home, or an addition to an independent living community.
Through assistance with healthcare, personal care, help with household tasks, as well as planned social and recreational events, seniors in assisted living homes can gain an increased quality of life while also maintaining their independence.
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The age of residents living in assisted living facilities typically ranges from 66 to 94. Almost three-quarters of these residents are female, and over two-thirds of residents are mobile. The average resident needs assistance with 1 to 2 Activities of Daily Life , 4 to 5 Instrumental Activities of Daily Life, and more than half receive support for Alzheimer's and dementia.
Two-thirds of assisted living communities are freestanding, and 26% have a care program for Alzheimer's residents. Most communities have private or semi-private rooms, 64% offer private bathrooms, 77% offer furnished units, and 25% offer kitchenettes. Nearly all communities offer at least one common area.
Services typically offered include 24-hour assistance, medication assistance, on-site healthcare services, three meals per day, laundry, housekeeping, transportation, physical and occupational therapy, social and recreational activities, and exercise classes. Some of the most popular amenities include cable, recreation rooms, libraries, beauty salons and chapels. Some communities also offer assisted living for low income seniors.
Assisted living is a type of senior housing that provides assistance with different activities of daily life (ADLs).
These communites support seniors in activities affected by diminished memory, muscle tone, flexibility and fine motor skills. For many seniors it may become unsafe to drive, difficult to lift groceries, painful to lift objects, or impossible to unscrew a bottle of medication.
Assisted living facilities can also support seniors in getting healthcare and taking medications, finances and home maintenance, and shopping and cooking. More advanced care may also support seniors with hygiene, mobility, feeding and other basic daily tasks.
Communities typically create individual service plans (ISPs) for residents. These plans ensure each resident receives individualized care by outlining any needed assistance in a way that minimizes the impact of care services on a resident's lifestyle -- maximizing that resident's independence. Different communities may also provide memory care programs for seniors suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia and other conditions that result in loss of cognitive function.
These senior care provisions are typical but not ubiquitous. Check with prospective assisted living communities to learn about their unique approach to care