Planning Ahead for Assisted Living
Thinking about making the move to assisted living from your home or an independent living apartment, but you’re not sure where to start? It’s a big decision, but have no fear – at Rose Estates Assisted Living, our staff is here to help you determine where to begin in the assisted living planning process!
What Type of Care Do I Need?
The first step in the planning process is to determine the level of care you or your loved one will need. In contrast with independent living communities, assisted living communities offer 24-hour care and assistance to residents who need help with one or more of the activities of daily living – things like bathing, dressing, eating, using the restroom or moving from one position to another. This is not the same level of care as a traditional “nursing home” or skilled nursing facility, though; while aid is provided for daily tasks, the goal of assisted living is to allow residents to continue living as independently as possible while receiving the care they need.
Assisted living amenities typically include daily meals, a full calendar of social activities and fitness programs, scheduled transportation to appointments and outings, 24-hour security, housekeeping services and maintenance-free living.
If you or your loved one needs more advanced or 24-hour nursing care, has advanced forms of memory loss, or requires rehabilitation or therapy, a skilled nursing facility may be more in line with your care needs than an assisted living community.
How Do I Choose an Assisted Living Facility?
So you’ve decided assisted living is the best option for you or your loved one? Great! Now it’s time to find the right community to take care of your needs. Begin by searching for communities in your area, using resources like the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator page.
Once you’ve identified local communities that fit your care needs, it’s time to ask some questions. AARP.org’s Caregiving Checklist recommends asking questions about the sizes and types of units available, what amenities are included in each unit, and whether special care is available for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions of memory loss. It’s also a good idea to inquire about contract requirements and fees, as well as whether additional services are available if a resident’s needs eventually change.
The best way to determine if a community is right for you or your loved one is to visit in person – multiple times, if possible. Check out the common areas where residents congregate, or the safety features of the facility itself. See if you can join in on one of the activities on the calendar that day. Talk to other residents and observe how the staff members interact with residents – are they friendly? Relaxed? Helpful? Bring a family member or other trusted friend or confidante to help you assess whether the community meets your assisted living goals and objectives.
Is Assisted Living Really Right For Me?
Still not sure if an assisted living community is right for you or your loved one? Maybe you’re concerned that the cost is too high in comparison to living at home, or you believe assisted living means losing your independence or giving up your favorite hobbies. Rest assured, these are common misconceptions! Want to know the truth about assisted living? Check out our blog explaining the truth behind these assisted living myths.
The Rose Estates Difference
Reach out today and let our Overland Park, Kansas assisted living staff answer your questions. Request a personalized consultation or call 913-825-9600 to schedule your visit today. From all of us here at Rose Estates, we look forward to meeting you.