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What you Need to Know about Assisted Living

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - April 20, 2011

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Senior care facilities proliferate in the US owing to the increasing number seniors aged 65 years old and above.  The year 2000 saw some 39.6 million seniors in the US.  This comprises about 12.9% of the entire US population but it is estimated that this figure will continue to increase until it reaches 19% in 2030.  Because of this, the retirement businesses thrives as service entities, not only in the US, but in most developed countries.  There are several types of elder care facilities that seniors nowadays can choose from. One of which is through assisted living, in home care, nursing homes, retirement communities and in home care.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is one option to arrange for proper aged care.  Assisted care is different from nursing homes in that no special medical monitoring is offered by the staff.  Through Assisted Living, nursing staffs may not be available at all times.  There will be times when trained persons are assigned to monitor the seniors’ wellbeing inside the facility.  Assisted living facilities operate with the premise that their clients are healthy seniors and not requiring the strict medical attention that people in nursing home facilities do.

Advantages of Assisted Living

There are several advantages of assisted living.  Primarily, assisted living offers a sense of personal independence by giving the clients a certain amount of immunity.  Another advantage is the convenience and an increased sense of self worth.  Another advantage that seniors usually value is companionship that usually arises from established seniors and care relationships.

Reasons Why Most Seniors Prefer Assisted Living

Most seniors who want a degree of independence would naturally prefer assisted living.  Unlike nursing homes, not all activities within the assisted living condition are watched over.  The seniors who prefer such homecare choices usually still have a majority, if not all, of their faculties working and are still quite active.  It also affords the seniors companionship and an opportunity to socialize; something that they themselves cannot do often under home care conditions.

Family members, on the other hand also choose assisted living as they are assured that their loved one is well taken care of.  Minor medical assistance, supervision when it comes to taking medications, meals preparation, and errand running are just a few of the services offered by some assisted living facilities. More modern facilities are now available for clients.  Some assisted living facilities even resemble an apartment where the client can have his own one bedroom, a receiving area and his own private bath.

There are many options for care homes available today.  But more important than these options is determining the facility that your loved one will be fit and happy to be in.  So it is important that he or she is involved in the process of looking at the various options as well as in deciding which of these options will work better for him or her.  After all, home care should be able to address a need and that need can be aptly expressed by no other that your loved one himself.