What is Assisted Living?

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What is Assisted Living?

The phrase “assistant for elderly” can be confusing. A few years back, there was a time when assisted living meant an unpaid maid. Now, the services offered by this profession include home healthcare services for the elderly, as well as many other services for our aging community. Senior Citizens and their companions deserve dignified treatment in their own homes. We provide compassionate, quality care by providing companions for the elderly, assisted living, or in-home supportive care.

For those who need assistance to remain in their own homes, we provide services through a combination of live-in caregivers, personal care assistants, and specially trained aids for daily living activities. We believe in giving the senior the best home care possible. That is why we have chosen to specialize in home care nursing. In our facility, our board Certified and Licensed Vocational Nurse provides nursing home care services to assist the senior with daily living activities including:

We are proud to partner with Care Alliance, a national leader in care programs. Care Alliance offers a variety of services to complement our services, which include: skilled nursing and adult day care, home health care and custodial care, home health aide and caregiver services, adult day care, geriatric care, home support, palliative care, home healthcare provider management, home and community care, and residential treatment programs. Our goal is to offer comprehensive services and the highest standards of comfort to our residents. We want our seniors to feel confident they are getting the best care for their condition and lifestyle. This is why we work closely with Care Alliance.

The first step in our service is to interview potential caregivers and present them with an opportunity for an in-home or placement interview. During this interview, the questions are tailored to meet the specific needs of our seniors. Each day, we visit our seniors’ homes to observe their daily routines and behaviors. In these visits, we look for: eyes that are alert, pulse rate stable, clothing tidy, and food intake regular. Once we have determined that a caregiver will be a good fit for a particular resident, we schedule an initial meeting. During this meeting, we discuss the services we require, services that are covered by Medicare and/or Medicaid, and the cost factor associated with hiring the caregiver.

Medicare and Medicaid provide some coverage for in-home caregivers. However, many seniors are not eligible for either Medicaid or Medicare. Most seniors fall under the “Medically challenged umbrella” category, which means they require some type of coverage to cover the costs of medical care. A great majority of these individuals receive subsidized rates through state assisted living programs or government made plans. For many of these individuals, there are no medical screening required to qualify for financial assistance, but they must qualify for a long term care insurance plan in order to remain at home.

Long term care insurance plans require that the elderly pay a monthly premium that will be equal to the cost of basic nursing care minus a monthly cost for additional health related services. Although Medicare and Medicaid offer financial assistance for many elderly people who need additional personal care, many seniors fall under this category. If you or a loved one would like to know more about finding the right plan, please read on.

Many people believe that if a person has the ability to take care of themselves that they do not need any extra help. That is wrong! If you or a loved one’s ability to care for themselves is compromised, it may be more difficult for them to stay in their own home. Long term assisted living is designed to make the lives of the elderly easier by giving them the opportunity to remain in their own home in an assisted living facility. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about live-in care, please contact a private agency that offers this type of care today.

As the name implies, 24-hour caregiving is provided by a live-in caregiver. An agency will make arrangement for the caregiver to visit the senior in their home on a daily basis, while ensuring that they receive all of the assistance that they need. These services include but are not limited to, companionship, housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, transportation, lighting and safety, as well as daily assistance with bathing, dressing, getting dressed and exercising. This service will ensure that the senior in your life has someone on their side that is there for them through thick and thin. For additional information regarding these services, please contact an experienced agency today. Contact an agency that offers a variety of services tailored to meet the needs of your loved one.