Assisted Living is probably the most popular choice among seniors and their families. Assisted Living communities come in either apartment style living, or smaller board and care type of homes.
Assisted Living means just what it says, assistance with the activities of daily living (ADL’s). These include bathing, dressing, medication supervision, incontinence care, transferring assistance, toileting and other services. Communities often have a memory care area, which allows them to care for seniors afflicted with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The larger apartment style communities have a “hotel” feel. They customarily have a community dining room with wait staff to take orders. They may also have a beauty salon, vans or buses for transportation, and other community areas such as a library, TV room, gym, medical clinic, etc. Apartments vary in size from studios to two bedroom, two bath designs.
Board and Care homes are private homes modified to meet state inspection requirements. These smaller homes are particularly good for seniors who have special physical needs. (Macular degeneration, dementia, etc..) Residents receive more one on one attention because they are typically limited to six seniors in the home. These offer a family environment and have a sense of “home” verses “hotel”. Assisted Living Communities are regulated by the state.