What Kind of Care does Assisted Living Provide?

Picture this, you get a call that Mom is in the emergency room because she’s had a fall. They are going to do an x-ray to see if she has broken her hip. You have noticed over the past few months that she’s had difficulty remembering appointments, and you notice she’s not been taking her medications correctly. In the back of your head, you know that it is unsafe for her to be on her own, and now her doctor is telling you that she should not return home. They encourage you to look into finding a care home for her. But what care can you expect an Assisted Living Facility to provide?

This scenario happens to hundreds of people every single day, and many find themselves lost in a heap of information while dealing with the tremendous pressure of deciding what to do next. The thought of a care home may not carry the greatest connotation, and many are not even sure what they do. Board & Care Homes and Assisted Living Communities are two types of senior care options.

The biggest difference between the two is the size. Assisted Living Communities are generally much larger and offer more activities. Board & Care homes are great for persons who are used to smaller environments or who need more one-on-one attention.

What kind of care services can you expect to find? Aside from meals, laundry, and janitorial services, care services include: 24 hour supervision or 24 hour awake staff, Dementia care, incontinence care (including catheters and colostomies with special exceptions), medication management, assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s) including dressing, grooming, bathing, and toileting, and ambulation assistance.

Persons signed up with hospice can be accepted as long as the home has a waiver. Select homes offer diabetic care including injections as long as there is a nurse or doctor on staff. Well, you know what care Assisted Living communities provide. But which ones do what? How much do they cost? How do I know which ones are good? Call Care Placement, we know, and we’ll help you find the right one.

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