Assisted living is a living option for seniors and others who are unable to live an independent lifestyle but who do not need skilled nursing care; that is, the next level down in the kind of care you find in a nursing home. An assisted living facility offers services that provide: healthcare needs, personal help with such needs as bathing, getting dressed, medication assistance and other services that provide dignity, independence, safety and everyday choices that make living at this kind of facility comfortable and respectful.
Other services that are provided for residents are: transportation, three meals a day in a common dining room, housekeeping and personal laundry services, social and recreational activities, medical assistance or supervision, transportation and access to medical and health services.
While visiting an assisted living facility be sure to check out the following areas: medical assistance, registered nurses on site, the number of staff members that are available at night and if there is an ombudsman available in case there are complaints.
As you are looking into several assisted living facilities it is important to also check out the atmosphere of the facility, to see how the residents look and how they are treated, how clean or unclean it looks and if there are any unpleasant odors. In addition, check out the dining room area and see how the food looks and how it is presented to the residents. Also look to see if the residents are allowed to bring some of their furniture into their rooms, if they have their own telephone and if they are allowed to have any pets or overnight guests.
There are several different types of assisted living such as: an apartment style of living, sharing a room with another resident or apartment living in one building. Sometimes an assisted living room will have housekeeping, a kitchen, meals and help with personal assistant needs. Transportation to doctors and activities are also included with some assisted living facilities.
Assisted living is for these who want to be as independent as possible but are finding that they need help in such areas as getting dressed, bathing, help with medications and assistance with certain healthcare needs. There are many benefits that come with this kind of living such as feeling safe. Living in this kind of facility offers seniors a feeling of safety because they are around others and that can be a big help, especially if they have problems with their eyes or are unsteady on their feet. In addition, in many assisted living centers there are also emergency response systems in each apartment or an options where residents can wear an alert pendant so they can call for help.
Assisted living can also be a wonderful opportunity to make friends and to share with others on how they are doing. Being able to communicate and interact with others can take away the feelings of isolation and loneliness and that can also give relief to family members who are concerned about their health. Getting better nutrition at an assisted living center is another great benefit. Enjoying three meals a day without the hassle of preparing them, is very helpful for most residents.
In assisted living centers there are also wellness or health care programs. Most importantly, there are nurses that oversee the healthcare needs of the residents.
There are some great activities to check out in Blue Springs, Missouri such as: Blue Springs Farmers Market, Family Crayfish Catchin and The Wild Ones: Wild Edibles along the Little Blue River. Be sure to check out the rest of SeniorLiving.Org for more information on senior living and how assisted living can help you or a family member.