When your adult friend or family member needs some help with their activities of daily living it does not mean that the must totally give up their independence and having their own personal space. An excellent option for seniors in good health who still want an active lifestyle is assisted living. An assisted living facility (ALF) is not a nursing home, but rather it is a community of apartments or private rooms that provides mostly non-medical services. An elderly person who lives in an ALF will have their own living space, more than just a bedroom, and will be able to access services that they need. Often housekeeping and laundry services are available and communal dining is usually part of the package. Any outdoor space is maintained without the resident needing to worry about mowing lawns or shoveling snow or any other chore related to upkeep.
In assisted living facilities there is security and peace of mind, yet independence is preserved. Some minor medical needs, such as medication set up and monitoring or regular blood pressure checks are covered. Home health can be contracted to come in to provide more comprehensive services. Some facilities have an included monthly wellness check performed by an on staff nurse. Generally an ALF does not have round the clock medical staff. They may have call lights for help in emergencies, and someone monitoring those lights, however. At times the assisted living is part of a wider continuing care retirement community that has a nursing facility nearby. Transportation to appointments and activities is usually available.
Lenexa, Kansas is a great place to find an assisted living home. Assisted living residents in Lenexa have access to all of their nearby attractions and can easily enjoy offerings from nearby Kansas City as well. It is a city of around 50,000 and is considered part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Lenexa has an active arts community and interesting museums to visit, such as the Legler Barn Museum that is set up in a historic stone barn. The city has year round activities for young and old, with parks and recreation programs, swimming pools and hiking and biking trails. It is an exciting and interesting place to live.
Assisted living in the state of Kansas is quite affordable. The state median is $41,880 per year. Some cities report a much higher cost range. Research will show you the variables within that average. The more on-site services provided the more a private one bedroom apartment is likely to cost. It is still often less expensive than contracting various services individually.
Before deciding on an ALF you will want to do your research about the available facilities. An in-person visit is always a good investment of time and energy, but you will first want to narrow down the selection or suitable homes and apartments. Use an online service to get reviews of homes that interest you and your senior family member. An excellent source to review all levels of senior care is SeniorLiving.Org. We report on all levels of care from Nursing Homes to senior apartments and Independent Living facilities. This will save time and gas money by letting you review your options before making your choices of facilities to visit.