By definition, assisted living is a system that provides seniors assistance with activities of daily living, which includes the following: bathing, dressing, medication assistance, and many other tasks. An assisted living community provides 24/7 staff to assist with those activities of daily living tasks as well as provides three meals per day in our restaurant, social and recreational programming, and so much more. There are multiple common areas for residents and their families to enjoy, such as a library, bistros, outdoor courtyards, media rooms, and more.
You will often see assisted living described by other names: senior living, retirement community, long-term care community, memory care community, as well as many others.
In assisted living, a resident makes their home in a private suite with the convenience of maintenance, housekeeping (with daily bedmaking,) and laundry services. The resident has full access to the community and its many amenity-rich areas featuring an active lifestyle, which includes entertainment, transportation, and multiple dining options for each resident.
Seniors that no longer wish to live at home alone or may need some assistance with personal and/or medications, find assisted living to be a wonderful option as it allows for privacy and personalization, with assistance when and how you wish to receive it, but without the institutionalized care of a nursing home.
In order to effectively weigh options when it comes to senior living, it is imperative to understand the difference between Assisted Living and a Nursing Home. Assisted living promotes and emphasizes independence and wellness on a proactive front in the warmth and familiar settings of a home-like-community. Residents have their own private apartment that they can furnish and decorate as they choose. When dining in the dining room residents are able to choose what they want to eat and also have the freedom to choose which programs and activities they are going to participate on any given day. Residents are in charge and have the freedom and choice to determine how they want to spend their day.
A nursing home takes care of people when they are sick and in need of 24/7 skilled nursing care. A nursing home has an institutionalized setting and often aren’t set up to encourage and promote independence. There are some health care experts that estimate as many as 30% of people living in a nursing home do not need 24/7 skilled nursing care. By moving to an assisted living community, those same people are able to have a place to call home, allowing them privacy, dignity, and choice that is oftentimes not available in a nursing home setting, all at a much lower cost.
You will find the cost of assisted living will vary dependent upon the community, the services chosen by the resident, and their care needs. In New England, you will find assisted living rates typically fall in the $5550 – $7500 range per month, dependent on apartment size and service levels. Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia care (often called memory care) will bring a higher price point, with a typical range of $7500 – $9500 per month.
Part of the KindCare difference is that we bring luxury level living without the luxury level price tag. Our communities will often see a price that is up to 30% less than the competition once you factor in services and care costs. With an all-inclusive price that makes it easy to know what you are paying month by month, families can have the peace of mind knowing they are getting a great value at KindCare Assisted Living.
Nursing Home Costs – In comparing nursing homes in the New England area, prices are higher on a monthly basis. You will see prices between $8000 a month up to as high as $12,000 a month in nursing homes. Again, if you have 24/7 skilled nursing care needs to handle a variety of complex medical issues – this may be the option to explore.
Home Health Care Costs – Residents and their families will often compare the costs of Home health Care when weighing the variety of options available to them. Staying at home with services is based on an hourly rate, which will be between $24 – $30 per hour in the New England area. In comparing, you will want to look at an apples to apples approach with assisted living and look at the 24/7 staff and support that an assisted living community like KindCare Assisted Living provides. Live-in caregivers with Home Health Care Agencies will often cost $9000 a month or more. Just 6 hours per day of Home Health Care can cost over $5000 a month, and the resident is getting their needs served only during those 6 hours, unlike 24 hours while living at an assisted living.
Compare that to Assisted Living monthly fees of $4,000 to $7,500 per month, which ALSO includes all housing costs (property tax, utilities, maintenance, housekeeping), groceries and meal preparation, transportation, security with 24-hour awake staff, and personal care services. We know we are biased, but we believe that Assisted Living offers you so much more than you get living at home alone with services – an active social setting that eliminates your isolation, a variety of enriching, educational and fun programs, comprehensive wellness services to help you maintain your independence, and all the privacy you want in your own apartment home.
Having said that, if you need just a little assistance with personal care and medications and you don’t mind living at home alone, a limited amount of HHC to supplement family support may be a good financial option.
Assisted Living is a wonderful option for seniors.
Seniors who need assistance and help with activities of daily living such as meals, dressing, housekeeping, reminders to take medications, and general monitoring are appropriate for assisted living. It is estimated by geriatric experts that 1/3 of people over age 85 could benefit from assistance with these types of daily living tasks.
Seniors who want peace of mind, who don’t want to rely on family for assistance or care, are appropriate for Assisted Living as well. Additionally, many seniors simply want to live independently without the worries of home maintenance, shopping, and cooking on a daily basis or just do not wish to live alone any longer.
We believe this to be true, and recent research studies will back up our thoughts on this matter.
Companionship, Independence, and Home-Like Surroundings: Assisted Living encourages companionship and a sense of independence in a place that feels like home. Residents have their own private apartments they can furnish and decorate however they choose. Every day is filled with choices, from which activities they want to participate in, to the favorite dish they want to have for lunch. Good friends, a strong sense of self-worth, and comfort are the best medicines of all.
Personal Wellness Care: We have professional nurses and trained staff to supervise and assist with the self-administration of medications. We keep track of changing medications and dosages and watch for reactions to medications. When appropriate, we contact our residents’ families and personal physicians and keep them informed about any medication-related concerns and changes in health. More importantly, we have a professional staff that interacts with residents throughout each day, noticing both subtle and significant changes that should be brought to the attention of family or a doctor.
Healthy Diets: Too often, people living alone fail to cook or eat properly nutritious meals. At our Assisted Living communities, we home-cook all our meals under a menu approved by our Registered Dietitian to ensure nutritional balance. We also have offerings on our daily menus from our Brain Healthy Cooking Program, a researched-based nutrition program designed to improve cognitive function for people of any age through a flavorful, healthful diet.
Recreational Activity: Active, involved people are more alert and healthy, which is why we offer a comprehensive array of recreational and social activities for our residents.
Your apartment at an assisted living community is your home. You are able to have visitors when you want and however long you want. We welcome visitors to stay overnight if you wish.
The choice to move to an assisted living community is a big enough decision without having to have the anxiety of leaving your trusted pets in the care of someone else when you move. That is why KindCare Assisted Living welcomes pets into the community. You can bring your trusted companion along to live with you in the community and meet all kinds of new friends!
Our residents’ health and safety is our primary concern – we have an emergency call system in every apartment in every community we manage with 24-hour awake personal care staff and trained healthcare professionals on-call 24 hours a day.
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