When people look for a residential setting for themselves as they get older, or for an aging loved one, they may hear the term “assisted living” mentioned. Below are five things to know:
1. Assisted living is one part of long-term care services that provides a combination of housing, personal care services, and health care for those who need assistance with normal daily activities so that they can maintain as much of their independence as possible, according to the National Center for Assisted Living.
2. Assisted living services can exist in freestanding communities, or they can be located near or as a part of skilled nursing homes or hospitals, as part of retirement communities, or in independent housing complexes adds NCAL.
3. Most assisted living residents are seniors, and may include patients with different forms of dementia. Some assisted living facilities house persons with developmental disabilities or medical conditions, regardless of age.
4. Most assisted living facilities are registered, licensed or certified by the state in which they are located.
5. Most assisted living facilities provide the following, according to NCAL:
- 24-hour supervision
- 3 meals a day in s dining room
- Personal care services (bathing, dressing, toileting)
- Medication management or assistance
- Social services
- Supervision and assistance for those with dementia
- Recreational and spiritual activities
- Exercise and wellness programs
- Laundry and linen service
- Housekeeping and maintenance
- Arrangements for transportation
Newton Village Adult Senior Community, in Newton, Iowa, also offers the following for assisted living residents:
- Parlor with Fireplace
- Great Room
- Private Dining Room
- Sidewalk Café
- Exercise Room
- Library / Computer Room
- Activity Rooms
- Beauty / Barber Shop
- Guest Room
- Private Locked Mailboxes
- Heated Underground Garage
- Car Washing Bay
- Trash Chutes on Every Floor
Newton Village assisted living allows residents to maintain their independence while enjoying the company of others through shared meals, chapel services, special activities, and social gatherings.