Assisted living facilities are for adults who can live independently most of the time but need some assistance with common activities or other support services from time to time. Depending on their level of assistance, assisted living residents can also have different requirements regarding the frequency and type of help they need.  Assisted living facilities provide an intermediate housing solution between independent housing and a Skilled Nursing Home. These communities offer services that are not quite as intensive as those provided in a skilled nursing home but help seniors maintain their independence while reducing the burden on family members who might otherwise be responsible for providing them with round-the-clock care. The services provided as assisted living care may vary, but in general, these are some answers to common questions people have:

What is an Assisted Living Facility?

An assisted living facility is a type of housing designed for people who need help with some activities of daily living but do not require the constant medical care provided in a skilled nursing home. Assisted living facilities to provide personal care assistance, such as help with bathing, dressing, and eating. Residents usually have their own apartments or rooms within the facility, as well as common areas where they can socialize and participate in activities.

What Does Assisted Living Provide?

The type of services that an assisted living community provides will vary from community to community. However, assisted living communities typically provide:
  • Three meals a day
  • Assistance with bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Transportation
  • Social activities and events

The Benefits of Assisted Living

Assisted living can be a good option for people who can no longer live independently but don’t need constant medical care. These communities often provide social and recreational activities, which can help reduce loneliness and isolation. Moving to an assisted living community can also give caregivers a much-needed break from providing constant care.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?

The cost of assisted living can vary depending on the type of community and the services that are provided. However, on average, seniors will need to budget around $4,500 per month for assisted living. This includes basic rent, utilities, and access to common areas and amenities. Additionally, many assisted living communities offer additional services for an additional cost, such as help with activities of daily living, transportation, and laundry services.

How Do I Pay for Assisted Living?

In most cases, people utilize savings, sales of their homes, social security, annuities, Long-term care insurance, and/or family assistance to name a few. Medicaid can help pay for assisted living in some cases, but it may not cover the full cost of care. Most people who need help paying for assisted living use a combination of personal savings, long-term care insurance, and government programs. In Colorado, PACE programs are available to help with both the cost of care and assisted living expenses. 

What Should I Look For in an Assisted Living Community?

When considering an assisted living community, there are several important factors to keep in mind. First, you’ll want to make sure the community is licensed and accredited. This ensures that the facility meets basic standards of care. Second, you’ll want to consider the staff-to-resident ratio. A good staff to resident ratio ensures that residents will receive the individualized attention they need. Third, you’ll want to look at the activities and amenities offered by the community. A variety of activities helps to keep residents engaged and active, while ample amenities provide for a comfortable lifestyle. Finally, you’ll want to consider the cost of living in the community. While assisted living can be expensive, there are often options for financial assistance. By keeping these factors in mind, you can be sure to choose the right assisted living community for your needs.

Schedule a Tour of a Gardens Care Community

Assisted living facilities are for adults who generally require light assistance with activities of daily living and who could benefit from 24 hour supervision.. If you or a loved one is looking for an assisted living community, schedule a visit to see what’s available. Contact Gardens Care at 303-566-1085 to schedule a tour today. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have.