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The Basics of Assisted Living

Assisted living care is a housing option for seniors that offers additional support with daily activities and services. Depending on the assisted living residence, this housing option may include adult day care, meal preparation services, housekeeping services and much more. In this blog post, we’ll explore the basics of assisted living programs as a housing option for seniors.

What’s an Assisted Living Community Like?

An assisted living community is a type of senior living that provides residents with assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. These communities also provide care for older adults who are unable to live independently. There are many different types of assisted living communities, and each one offers a different set of services and amenities. Most assisted living residents are seniors, but there are also some communities that cater to younger adults with disabilities or chronic health conditions.

Caregivers in assisted living communities help residents with their daily needs and provide them with support and assistance. They also help to create a supportive and nurturing environment for residents. Senior living communities offer a variety of activities and amenities for older adults, including social events, educational programs, and recreation opportunities. These communities also provide access to healthcare services and support for seniors who need it.

Does Medicare or Medicaid Cover Assisted Living?

Medicare does not cover assisted living. Medicaid, however, can help cover the cost of assisted living, but families may need to help supplement the difference if it doesn’t cover the whole bill. This includes things like nursing care, physical therapy, and other health services. There are also PACE programs in Colorado which help cover the cost of Assisted Living Homes.

Some residents of assisted living communities may also have long-term care insurance. This type of insurance can help cover the cost of care if it is considered medically necessary.

What Services Do Assisted Living Communities Provide?

Assisted living communities provide a variety of services to residents. These services can include help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, eating, etc. They may also provide, laundry and housekeeping services, 24-hour supervision, and transportation. Some assisted living communities also offer memory care services for residents with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia or require more assistance than Assisted Living can provide.

Differences Between Assisted Living and Other Senior Care Options

The main difference between assisted living and other types of senior care is that assisted living facilities provide care and supervision to help with activities of daily living, while other types of senior care facilities may not. For example, nursing homes provide care for seniors who need more medical attention, while independent living communities are for seniors who are able to live on their own, but don’t want to have the responsibility of keeping up with their home’s maintenance.. Home care is another type of senior care that can be provided in the home of the senior and can include anything from basic housekeeping to more complex medical care.

How Assisted Living Supports Senior

Assisted living facilities offer older adults help with daily activities, personalized care, and the opportunity to socialize with other residents. These facilities provide the care seniors need as they move through different stages of life. The type and level of care offered by assisted living communities vary from one community to another, but all in all, communities strive to provide seniors with the best possible quality of life.

Assisted Living Qualifications

The qualifications for assisted living may vary from state to state, but there are some general guidelines that must be met in order to be eligible for this type of care. In most cases, assisted living is reserved for seniors who are no longer able to live independently but do not require the around-the-clock medical attention that is provided in a skilled nursing facility.

Paying for Assisted Living

There are a few ways to pay for assisted living. You can use long-term care insurance, private pay, or government benefits. You can also set up a trust or use reverse mortgages.

Signs It's Time to Consider Assisted Living

There are several signs that may indicate it is time for your loved one to make the move to an assisted living facility. If they are having difficulty keeping up with activities of daily living such as personal hygiene, meal preparation, and managing medications, it may be time to consider assisted living.
Additionally, if they are experiencing social isolation or are no longer able to drive, assisted living can provide opportunities for socialization and transportation assistance. Ultimately, the decision to move to an assisted living facility should be made based on what is best for the individual and their specific needs.

Schedule a Tour of a Gardens Care Community

Assisted living provides seniors with daily living assistance and other supportive services. Many assisted living communities also offer social events, educational programs, and recreation opportunities for residents. There are many different types of assisted living communities, so choosing the right one for your loved one can be a challenging process.

You may have a lot of questions about assisted living. We're here to help. Contact Gardens Care at 303-566-1085 to schedule a tour today.