Assisted living facility is for people who require assistance with their day-to-day living. This group of people desire to live an independent life as much as possible. It is not like nursing home that is designed for people who need lots of care. There is no freedom or privacy associated with it. Assisted living facility provides the residents with enough space to still enjoy their lives as much as possible. The residents in assisted facility are not able to carry out majority of their daily tasks alone. They still need regular attention with activities like bathing, washing, eating, dressing and all other areas of life. The assisted facility renders assistant to the residents in such areas. Some of this facilities offers medical care services, though it may not be as thorough as the one provided by the nursing home care.

Assisted living facility has several benefits and they are mentioned below:

The first benefit of assisted living facility is that it assists the residents in all the areas of their lives and offers them freedom. Staff working in the assisted facility makes the meals, clean the house, give medication and managed the finances of the residents kept under their care. Assisted facility is a good form of service for the aged ones that cannot totally take care of themselves but need their freedom as much as possible.

Secondly, it also offers health and medical services for the residents with no serious health problems. There are well-experienced medical personnel who can handle immediate medical issues as soon as they come up. There is also a centre dedicated to medical services in the community for the sole purpose of caring for residents’s health. This provides an alternative to nursing homes which most residents hates because it does not offer them as much freedom as they desire.

Assisted living facility is well structured and planned. There are facilities for all the residents with each of them having separate arrangements based on the needs and conditions. The services are also custom made for each one of the residents. They also tend to enjoy their freedom to some extent as if they are living in their personal houses.

Assisted living facility takes the load and burden of taking care of residents away from the shoulders of their children and family members, who may not have the time to take care of them. The best thing for the residents is to be in a place where they will be attended to. This will also give their children opportunity to take care of themselves and their immediate family members. They are rest assured that the assisted facility will take good care of their residents, since they have well experienced and qualified staff that can take care of their personal and medical needs.

People who have residents that they want to be well taken care of need to choose the right assisted facility for them. This is very crucial because there are many facilities parading themselves to be good when they are not. Therefore, in choosing good assisted living facility, the following points should be strictly considered.

Search on the internet

The world is going global. Every kind of information can be located on the internet with a simple click of the mouse. Information concerning assisted facility can also be found online. It is good for people to get familiar with the term, what they do, the kind of care they provide etc. It is necessary to check out this information, as they will serve as basis on which decisions will be made. There are also general websites where all types of assisted facility locations are listed according to their location. People are free to assess the information and choose the assisted facility that fits the needs and requirements of their residents.


Apart from getting information from the internet, there is also need to do research very well on the issue. People should be able to know whether assisted facility will be the best for their residents or not. There are other choices apart from assisted facility such as nursing homes and the rest of them. Looking at the choices and comparing them with the needs of the residents will help people to make good choices.

Physically visit any assisted living facilities around

Acquiring information on the internet in regards to assisted facility is good, but the best will be to go to where assisted facility is located. This will give room for evaluation of the facilities, their staff, their meals, the living quarters and their medical facilities. It is also good to ask the resident around of the living condition of the assisted home. Enquiries can also be made from members of the staff to accurately clear the ground of any doubt and misconceptions.

Choose a flexible assisted community

The needs and requirements of elderly citizens do change as they age. Most of the assisting living communities offer assistance to residents in terms of personal care, medical care and general health care. Many of them will also provide extra services if the needs of the elderly residents demands it. Therefore, before choosing assisted community, it is better to find out if such service exists so that the residents can have the best of care as they age and as the level of their care increases.

It can be deduced from the above discussion that the residents requires adequate care as they age. Most of the young ones in the society do not really have time to adequately take care of them as they should. This may be due to several reasons best known to them, but the common one being their job and their immediate family members. Taking residents to an assisted home will go a long way to relieve them of this task. The needs of the elderly will be taken care of in such places.

Sheryl Thompson, RN Administrator of Alzheimers facilities and for alzheimers care with Assured Assisted Living and is a Certified Memory Impairment Specialist Instructor. Her passion and dedication in providing the “Gold Standard” for Memory Care is due to the desire for wanting the “best” nursing home alternative and an intimate, personalized home environment for Sheryl’s father who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994.

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