What is Assisted Living?
Maintaining independence is an important factor for people as they age. However, as we do inevitably age, simple daily activities become more difficult and may require assistance. So, how can one get that kind of help and still be independent? The solution is assisted living. Assisted living is a long term care service that is offered to people who require various levels of medical and personal care. Assisted living facilities provide a home-like setting and are physically designed to promote the resident’s independence. The living spaces can be individual rooms, shared quarters, or apartments.
What Services do Assisted Living Communities Provide?
The services offered by assisted living communities vary, but the services generally include the following:
- Medical services
- 24-hour emergency care
- Personal care that includes bathing and dressing
- Social and recreational activities
- Housekeeping and laundry
- Supervision and assistance for those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other disabilities
Benefits of Assisted Living
- Many older adults feel lonely or isolated living at home. Assisted living facilities offer the chance to socialize daily with other adults.
- It is important for elderly adults to engage in brain-stimulating activities to reduce the risk of developing cognitive impairments. At assisted living facilities, they offer many social and recreational activities, such as cooking and dancing, among others, to maintain and preserve cognitive function.
- Assisted living facilities offer a more home-like setting with personal freedom and privacy that many seniors appreciate.
- Generally have a lower monthly cost than a nursing home
- Assisted living centers provide a safe and comfortable environment
How To Know When It May Be Time for Assisted Living?
- You have experienced at least one fall, with or without injury
- Meal preparation is difficult
- It is getting harder to safely maneuver around the house
- You have noticed signs of hunger or that nutritional needs are not being met
- It is getting harder to get dressed and/or bathe
What Should I Look For in an Assisted Living Community?
When considering assisted living, the following questions will help you and your family evaluate assisted living facilities.
- Are the staff members appropriately trained?
- Did you receive a warm greeting from the staff? Are they personable and outgoing?
- Are the staff members available to meet scheduled and unscheduled needs?
- Do the residents socialize with each other and appear happy and comfortable?
- How do they respond to medical emergencies?
- Is the residence clean, odor-free, and appropriately cooled or heated?
- Is there an activity program?
- Are the staff members available to provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living, including:
- Medication needs
Glen Park Assisted Living Services
Glen Park Healthy Living has been caring for individuals for almost 30 years and continues to thrive as an advocate within our various communities. Our unique approach offers our residents a multi-sensory environment that promotes physical and mental stimulation. Our home-like community was designed to create a feeling of comfort and safety, where each resident can relax, explore, and enjoy the environment. All five Glen Park assisted living facilities are pet-friendly and include emergency call response systems. Families leave Glen Park with a clear conscience, knowing that their loved one is provided with constant supervision, devotion, and tailored personal care.
Glen Park services and amenities may vary by location, however most of our assisted living facilities include:
- Daily maintenance including housekeeping, trash and laundry services
- 24-hour trained staff
- Doctor and nurse visits
- Three daily meals and snacks
- Social programming
- Medication coordination
- Physical activities
- Group outings
- Community events
- Social and educational family programming
- Resident and family meetings