Assisted living is a term for short or long-term housing for senior adults who require assistance with daily tasks, like personal care, laundry, medicine management, cooking and more.
There are many types of assisted living as it’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all case. Finding the perfect place for your loved one will depended on their current physical and mental support needs, the family’s available budget, and location to ensure visits are easy for family members.
Finding the ideal place can assist older adults in maintaining good health for a longer period of time – and seniors and their adult children have peace of mind knowing 24/7 care, love and support is being provided.
If living alone has become unsafe for your elder loved one, it may be time to begin considering moving them to an assisted living community.
Features and services offer by assisted living communities can vary greatly. Also, your family’s needs and wants will not be the same as another’s families, therefore open communication is key. Prioritize features and must-have’s, and begin exploring options. By assessing individual needs such as medication management, meal plans, activities, housekeeping, personal care, and more. Also take into consideration a community’s offering of social activities as they offer opportunity for connections and friendships that are so very beneficial to a persons well-being, mentally and physically.
According to the National Center for Assisted Living, typical services provided by assisted living communities
A Genworth Financial survey found that the average cost of assisted living in 2018 was $4,000 per month. However, prices can vary from about $2,000 to $5,000 per month. Cost is shaped by the usual housing factors (e.g., room size, amenities, and geographic location) plus care services. Residents might have separate fees for help with laundry, pet care, physical therapy, and other needs.
So how do you pay for assisted living? It’s common to combine resources such as personal savings, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, and veterans’ benefits. Some independent living communities have staff available to guide you through the options and paperwork. You can also privately hire a geriatric planner. To help you get started on your own, take a look at our assisted living costs guide at the top of this page; it covers average prices by state and ways to pay.
Determining if assisted living is right for you or a loved one may feel like quite an undertaking. Enlisting trusted support and accessing expert guidance can relieve some of the burden and help you navigate choosing an assisted living community.Here are some first steps you can take to find an assisted living community in your area:
A great way to find the right assisted living community is to visit several different facilities. When touring an assisted living center, you’ll be on the lookout for standards of cleanliness and personal interaction. Remember, for a high quality of life, it’s critical to find a good social match, not just a facility that meets basic needs. Visiting assisted living communities will give you a better idea of the social setting, activities, and culture the community fosters. Eating a meal at the facility can be a great way to start gaining an insider’s view – so if possible, arrange an interview over lunch or dinner at the facility. It’s also helpful to observe a class or facilitated social activity. Here are several questions to ask and consider during your visit.