Assisted Living Communities: Exploring Services & What to Expect

What Types of Services Might You Expect from a Quality Assisted Living Community?

What type of services are available at assisted living? That’s a good question to ask, especially if you or an aging loved one—like your elderly mother or father, a grandparent, possibly even your own spouse or sibling—requires some type of support for daily life.

Activities of daily living (ADLs) involve basic things like getting dressed, taking a shower, preparing a good meal, getting out to the store to do some grocery shopping, and so forth. As people age, they will deal with increasing health issues, limited mobility, physical challenges, and more. These can all interfere with their ability to take care of themselves properly and safely.

Assisted living is a great elder care option for those seniors who need at least a little help with those activities of daily life.

Assisted Living: Senior Daily Life Daphne, AL

Assisted Living: Senior Daily Life Daphne, AL

Do all assisted living facilities provide the same support?

The simple answer is no. Each assisted living community is going to be different and, therefore, the support they provide will vary from one facility to the next. That’s why it’s important for seniors (and their loved ones who may be helping them on this journey) to understand the needs of the senior now, perhaps a few months from now, and into the future so they can match well with the right community.

What are some support services that your average assisted living community may provide?

Let’s look add a few of the more common services that a quality assisted living facility would likely offer to its aging residents.

Assistance with Activities of Daily Life

In assisted living communities, residents can expect assistance with essential activities of daily living (ADLs). These include tasks such as bathing, toileting, getting dressed, navigating the facility, and even support with eating if required. For many seniors, these activities can become challenging due to age-related limitations, and assisted living facilities are equipped to provide the necessary aid to ensure residents’ comfort and well-being.

Basic Housekeeping Support

While some seniors may still be able to manage light cleaning tasks like vacuuming, not everyone will have the physical capability to do so. Quality assisted living facilities understand the importance of a clean and organized living environment. Therefore, they often offer basic housekeeping services to help residents maintain a neat and tidy living space. This assistance contributes to a comfortable and hygienic living environment for seniors.

Basic Healthcare Services

Assisted living communities typically provide basic healthcare services to residents. This can encompass medication management, which includes administering medications as prescribed and helping residents keep track of their medication schedules. The presence of trained healthcare professionals ensures that residents receive the necessary medical support, helping them maintain their health and well-being.

Social and Recreational Activities

Social engagement is essential for the mental and emotional well-being of seniors. Assisted living facilities recognize the importance of social interaction and offer a wide range of social and recreational activities for residents. Whether it’s group outings, arts and crafts, games, or other organized events, these activities provide opportunities for seniors to connect, build relationships, and enjoy their time in the community.

Exercise and Fitness Programs

Physical activity is crucial for seniors’ overall health and mobility. However, not all assisted living communities emphasize exercise and fitness. When choosing an assisted living facility, it’s important to look for one that prioritizes residents’ physical well-being. Facilities with exercise and fitness programs help seniors stay active, improve their strength, and enhance their overall health.

Transportation Services

Many seniors in assisted living communities may require transportation services for various purposes. This can include trips to medical appointments, visits to local malls, outings to parks, or dining at restaurants. Assisted living facilities often provide transportation options to ensure that residents have access to essential services and opportunities for leisure outside the community. These services help seniors maintain their independence and stay connected with the broader community.

These are just a few types of support services that a decent assisted living facility should provide to its residents. If a facility you or an aging parent or other loved one is interested in doesn’t offer all of these, that’s okay. Just make sure they provide the support you or they absolutely need and would be comfortable with.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Assisted Living facility near Daphne, AL, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living at 251-317-3017.

About Cindy Johnson

Ashbury Manor’s Administrator since 2008, Cindy Johnson is a long-time expert in the assisted living field. Prior to her arrival at Ashbury Manor, Cindy managed acquisitions and crisis management for existing and new larger senior care project developments for eleven years. As regional manager for an Oregon-based assisted living management company, Cindy was directly responsible for operations for five 50-65 bed assisted living facilities. As manager during the transition to new ownership, Cindy reorganized internal operations and conducted leadership training for Executive Directors. As a result of her management and expertise, one of the company’s facilities (in Ocala, Florida) received a deficiency-free survey, resulting in the lifting of a moratorium on operation.

A nurse for 36 years, senior care has always been Cindy’s passion. Desiring to work more closely with residents, Cindy became a Category II Administrator in 2005. As Ashbury Manor’s Administrator, Cindy understands the complexities associated with dementia and cognitive impairment and she has fallen in love with seniors with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families.

Cindy is Treasurer of the local “Senior Coalition” chapter. She enjoys mentoring new candidates who want to become administrators.

As a 16-bed facility, with Cindy's training and experience, our residents and their families can be sure Ashbury Manor’s carefully selected staff provides the expertise of a larger facility while maintaining the individualized personal care of a small special needs home.
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