Elderly assisted living facilities are for seniors, usually age 55 and older, who need assistance with basic activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, taking medications or performing other daily chores.
Unlike nursing homes for the elderly, assisted living facilities do not provide care for bedridden or non-ambulatory residents in most cases. Assisted living communities strive to promote an active lifestyle for the elderly who may need assistance with one or more living tasks on a daily basis.
More than half of elderly assisted living homes are small care homes with fewer than 10 residents, while just under half are larger multi-care facilities that can house hundreds. Multi-care facilities tend to employ professional nursing staff more often than care homes, as well as provide on-site therapies and medical treatments.
Not all elderly assisted living facilities are the same but most do provide certain services such as a 24-hour staff, although only about half of the facilities have a full-time nurse. One in four facilities will provide or arrange for an outside agency to provide nursing care, but one in five do not, and a prospective resident should be certain before committing to a facility when regular nursing care is required.
Nearly 60% of assisted living communities provide only minimal privacy and services. Roughly 11% of facilities offer a high level of privacy and services, such as nursing care and help with many daily tasks.
Accommodations & Amenities
Most elderly assisted living communities offer apartment living with private rooms as well as shared rooms and wards. Apartments will have private bathrooms but may or may not have kitchenettes, patios or balconies. Less than a third of all assisted living facilities have exclusively private rooms and apartments.
Housekeeping is a standard amenity, as is service of two to three meals per day. About 90% of assisted living facilities that serve the elderly provide medication reminders and assistance with dressing and bathing, but only about 88% will provide medication storage and assistance with administration of medicine.
Cost of Elderly Assisted Living
Costs vary from facility to facility, but generally prices run from $1,000 to $1,999 per month for room and board at an elderly assisted living home. Some facilities have more than one price package according to the type of residency desired. For example, private apartments are more expensive than shared rooms.
Elderly assisted living facilities that provide maximum privacy and services usually cost about $23,000 annually. Residents may be required in some communities to pay additional service charges for assistance, transportation and medical administration.
Written by senior housing staff writer.