Assisted Living Communities
Level of Care
Independent and assisted living communities usually refer to larger senior care facilities with more than 15 resident. These typically provide a lower level of care than you would get with home health, and the day to day care is comparable to in home non-medical care. Assisted living communities have medical staff that can administer medications and other normal medical care practices.
Amount of Care
Some residents will be fully independent and still drive their own cars (Independent) , while others need additional assistance. This can be very minimal, all the way up to around the clock monitoring and care (Assisted).
Pricing of independent and assisted living communities can vary, but typically ranges from $4500 to $8000 per month for a private room plus level of care. There are lower price point options available, but facilities under a certain price are often of lower quality. Different sizes and layouts of rooms will affect cost as well.
Standard of Living
Rooms in these facilities are similar to apartments, with many having kitchenettes and private bathrooms. People living independently will often have breakfast and/or lunch in their kitchenettes and have dinner in the large dining room with other residents.
The benefit of a large assisted living community is in the community. Larger facilities have the resources for events such as group games and exercise, hold church services, or to take the community bus to local shops and events. These facilities can have beauty shops, exercise rooms, libraries, and even movie theaters within them as well. These facilities are a great choice for people who are social and want to age in an environment with people like them. Care can be added as necessary, and many residents will have physical and occupational home health therapy come into an independent and assisted living community.