When seniors have reached a point in life that they need help with some basic day-to-day activities, senior assisted living is a wonderful option. Daily tasks such as cooking meals, bathing, dressing themselves, doing laundry, or even taking medication can become challenging for some. Senior assisted living homes can take on the burden of those chores and help seniors live a comfortable life.These residences are meant for people who do not have serious medical or mental issues. Seniors requiring constant medical attention will need to look into nursing home care which offer the medically-trained staff required to provide twenty-four hour medical care.
Senior assisted living combines the perfect blend of allowing seniors to maintain the active lifestyle they enjoy, while offering the assistance they need. This living arrangement can provide comfort to the seniors' family, knowing that they are safe and well cared for.
Senior Assisted Living Amenities
Accommodations at senior assisted living communities frequently resemble apartments. A majority of the residents live in a single location where staff members visit daily to assist with tasks, whether it is bathing, getting dressed or helping the senior remember to take medication. Staff members are present on-site twenty-four hours a day for medical emergencies.
To assist with senior’s social needs, assisted living communities regularly offer movie screenings, group gatherings and other activities. Seniors can stay active in fitness classes or other activities designed to keep them moving and healthy. The atmosphere is typically casual within the community. While meals are provided, they are not always set at particular times, which allows seniors to live on their own schedule. The community will usually offer residents round-trip transportation for medical appointments, shopping, and scheduled outings.
Pricing for Senior Assisted Living?
The costs of senior assisted living communities vary depending on location, services they offer and the quality of that service. Medicare does not currently cover costs for assisted living but will cover nursing home care. Families usually need to cover the out-of-pocket living expenses for a senior assisted living community. There are a few states that are authorized to utilize state Medicaid to assist families is paying for the cost but only a few.
The savings that can come from an assisted living community is that seniors would no longer have the expense of home maintenance and can eliminate the constant stress involved with owning a home. While home health care may be an option, it is generally more expensive than a senior assisted living community and lacks all of the social and health benefits found at a assisted living community.
According to the study performed by MetLife in 2011, the average monthly cost of assisted living in 2011 was $3,477. This is up from the 2010 monthly average of $3,293, which is an increase of 5.6%. Click here to view additional information on pricing for senior assisted living in your state.
Written by senior housing staff writer