Perhaps you have only recently started looking for an assisted care living facility for yourself or a loved one. This could mean that you do not know what the differences are or what you should be looking for. That is why we have come up with a brief summary of a few factors related to assisted living that you might not know about yet.
There are varying levels of care – one size does not fit all
It is important to remember that just because a facility is called “assisted living”; it does not mean that it offers the same levels of care as the next facility might. In fact, some offer a less-expensive option, but also cut costs where possible. Remember that not all assisted living communities are equal. Some might be more like a nursing home while others provide lighter care. This is why it is important to do research to make sure that a particular assisted living community offers the level of care that you want/need.
There is a unique personality to each community
The look and feel for each community can vary drastically. Some communities offer a down to earth ambiance that feels more home-like, while others offer a traditional design sensibility that feels more formal. Others feature mid-century modern design while some communities are dipped in art deco décor. Remember that these communities come in all shapes and sizes. Even if they look the same, it does not mean that everything inside is the same.
Costs are more affordable than you think
Most people assume that nursing home care or home health is more affordable than assisted living – but you would be wrong. It is possible to plan for and finance your long-term care needs by purchasing long-term care insurance. You may even be able to pay for senior care through Medicaid if you have low income or low assets. Make sure that you check the official website at www.eldercare.gov to contact your local Area Agency on Aging Office.
It is not the same thing as a nursing home
Remember that an assisted living facility is not the same thing as a nursing home. To determine the care type that you need, it is best to rely on a medical professional. You can try to determine your most appropriate option by relying on their suggestions. Remember that those who live in assisted living are mainly independent, mobile, and often do not need ongoing medical attention.
If anything on the list surprised you, or you find that you have more questions about the different options at an assisted living facility, we recommend that you go to carltonseniorliving.com and request more information. That way, we know that you are going to find the senior assisted living option that is right for you.