Find Assisted Living Facilities

Most seniors don’t want to give up any of their independence, even if they struggle to perform their daily activities alone. Assisted living facilities are a great option for seniors who sometimes need help with certain activities in their daily routine, while still allowing them to keep an independent residence.

These apartments, condos and townhouses are at continuing care retirement communities. The housing is for those seniors who need help preparing meals, taking medication, and need occasional help, but don't need skilled nursing care. The level of assistance varies among residences. It may include help with bathing, dressing, housekeeping etc. Though the residents do not always require help, there is care available all day, everyday.

Choosing From The Available Assisted Living Facilities

Have your senior’s geriatric care professional, or family doctor recommend a facility that fits their needs. Then visit that facility a couple of times to see the environment they will be living in. Talk to some of the residents and their caretakers at the facility. Find out what they think of the staff, the quality of service, and security at the facility.

Check to make sure the assisted living facilities you’re considering are licensed with the state. If not, then they may not be meeting the state’s requirements for construction and level of care. Also research the facility’s ranking with the Better Business Bureau.

Cost of Assisted Living Facilities

The supply of these facilities in many areas is low, so the average assisted living facility costs $34,000 annually in 2009. Though the cost may seem high, it is less than half the cost of the average nursing home: $74,000 a year.

Due to the high demand of assisted living facilities, there is often a waiting list of applicants at the higher quality communities. Don’t assume that you can move your loved one in as soon as a change is needed.

Assisted Living Facilities For Those With Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Some assisted living facilities offer a range of services, activities, and facilities specially equipped to offer those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia a higher level of care. These facilities usually have secured areas inside and out to allow the seniors to wander around without leaving. Often the layouts are designed with curves, as those with Alzheimer’s don’t handle right angles well.

Review the Contract

Before signing a lease or purchase agreement, have your attorney look over the terms and conditions specified within. Sometimes the agreement address possible changes in future rates, which could have a profound effect on those with fixed incomes. Carefully reviewing everything beforehand will help you avoid another possible move.