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What Is Assisted Living?
As widely varied as the state licensing and definitions are, so are the types of physical layouts of buildings that provide assisted living services. Assisted living facilities can range in size from a small residential house for one resident up to very large facilities providing services to hundreds of residents. Assisted living falls somewhere between an independent living community or retirement homes and a skilled nursing facility in terms of the level of care provided.
Most residents that live in an assisted living or nursing homes have some level of need in assistance with activities of daily living(ADLs). Frequently assisted living will also provide dementia care as a part of the same property. The dementia care area, also referred to as Alzheimer’s or memory care, may be a secure unit to keep the residents from leaving the community unaccompanied. Some skilled nursing facilities (also called nursing homes) will provide this level of care giving as well. I personally know some nursing homes Dallas that has this type of environment. My point is, make sure you ask questions when you talk to the nursing home. Having all the choices on Cypress Trio is the trick to finding the right type of care you need for your loved one.
Senior Assisted Living
Assistance provided in assisted living facilities may include the administration or supervision of medication, or personal care services provided by a caregiving staff person.
Assisted living facilities are regulated and licensed at the US state level. More than two-thirds of the states use the licensure term "assisted living." Other licensure terms used for this philosophy of care include residential care home/facility, assisted care living facilities, and personal care homes. Each state licensing agency has its own definition of the term it uses to describe assisted living facilities. I know the terms are confusing, sometimes it will all be referred to as nursing homes.
Activities of Daily Living
Activities of daily living (ADLs) is a term used in healthcare to refer to daily self-care activities within an individual's place of residence, in outdoor environments, or both. Caregiving staff routinely refer to the ability or inability to perform ADLs as a measurement of the functional status of a person. Medical dictionaries define ADLs as "the things we normally do...such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, work, homemaking, and leisure." Care giving staff will usually help residents with ADLs, however you should inquire if you are choosing charges extra for these services. It has been my experience that with some assisted living facilities in Houston they will have flat rates, some don’t.
Basic ADLs consist of self-care tasks, including:
- Bathing and showering (washing the body)
- Self-feeding (not including chewing or swallowing)
- Functional mobility (moving from one place to another while performing activities)
- Personal hygiene and grooming (including brushing/combing/styling hair)
- Toilet hygiene (completing the act of urinating/defecating)
Here is a helpful link to the Bristol Activities of Daily Living Scale: