Assisted living is a system that provides a place to live and medical care for seniors or disabled individuals who need help with daily activities.  Senior Partner Care provides resources for assisted living in Altamonte Springs, Florida and Central Florida.  Learn tips on how to choose an assisted living facility to help you feel more confident in making your decisions.

What is an Assisted Living Facility?

An assisted living residence or facility is a housing facility for people with disabilities. These places provide eldercare supervision or assistance with activities of daily living, coordination of services by outside health care providers, and monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their health, safety and well-being. They fall somewhere between an independent living or retirement community and a skilled nursing facility when it comes to the level of care provided.

According to the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), there are more than 28,000 assisted living residences or communities in the United States, housing more than one million people. They range in size from a stand-alone residential home to very large facilities that provide services to hundreds of people. The average residents are usually seniors who have had a slight decline in health and need assistance performing one or more activities. This can include seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, or older adults who have sustained an injury that limits mobility.

Assisted living is often viewed as the best of both worlds, as residents maintain a high level of independence with the knowledge that personal care by trained staff and support services are available if they need them. It represents an ideal lifestyle for seniors who still enjoy the company of others who are active but who also need caregiver assistance and supervision when it comes to basic activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and the administration of medications. Staff members include administrators/directors, nurses, medication assistants, dining staff, activities coordinators and admissions personnel.

Activities and amenities often include three prepared meals a day, help with light housekeeping and laundry, access to a fitness center, swimming pool, beauty salon, post office and transportation. Communities will also plan events and field trips that help residents stay physically and mentally active. These places are far from isolating, as seniors have many opportunities to make new friends and enjoy group activities. Family members are welcome almost any time of the day, and pets are often allowed as long as the resident can take care of it.

Assisted living is typically paid for by private funds such as income from social security and other pensions, the sale of the family home and other investments, personal retirement savings, and assistance from family. However, there are a few exceptions, as some long-term care insurance policies cover licensed assisted living. Medicare does not pay for assisted living, but in certain states Medicaid funds and waivers are available to help with costs. Also, if the resident is a war veteran or the spouse of one, he or she may quality for Veteran’s Benefits that can help reduce the amount paid out of pocket.

When searching for the right assisted living for you or a loved one, keep in mind that planning early helps avoid rushed and frantic decisions. Never wait until you or a loved one is in crisis or a state of emergency. Give yourself time to explore and visit all available options, services and settings. Most importantly, direct the questioning and discussions with admissions personnel by using your current physical and mental needs as guide points. As a resident, you should expect to be treated with dignity and respect, be informed of all services available, manage your personal funds, interact freely with others, maintain your privacy and have the right to voice or file grievances. In essence, you should feel safe and happy in your living environment.

At Senior Partner In-Home Care, we have been providing clients in the Central Florida region with a reliable and affordable source of high-quality, non-medical home care and understand how to assist seniors with daily living activities. Our team is here to support any assisted living questions or needs you may have.

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Senior Partner In-Home Care is locally owned and operated and has helped thousands of Central Florida seniors live safely and independently at home for over 16 years. Care is available wherever the client is residing 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is surprisingly affordable, with no extra charge for nights or weekends. It is licensed by the state of Florida and has been providing a better quality of life for seniors in Brevard, Osceola, Orange and Seminole Counties since 1998. Call 800.878.1928 for more information.