Since the 1990s, assisted living facilities have been on the rise. There are many people who need nursing home care, but this does not hold true across the board. With an assisted living facility, a person has access to care but does not receive attention around the clock.
A Guide to Assisted Living Facilities
The majority of people living in an assisted living facility are seniors who are no longer able to live alone, but don’t want or need the type of 24 hour medical care provided by a nursing home. In short, most assisted living facilities share the goal of promoting independence while providing varying levels of care on an as-needed basis.
Age groups vary by facility. A report by the Assisted Living Federation of America shows that the average age of residents is 86.9 years. They also note that there are three times as many females as males in assisted living facilities throughout the United States.
In addition to some assistance with day to day tasks, these facilities also offer a place where residents can socialize and find companionship with others. In fact, most facilities have people in charge of scheduling, organizing, and managing activities and social events for residents. When compared to in-home care, this is one of the major benefits of an assisted living facility. The ability to partake in activities and socialize with others can greatly improve the quality of life.
Over the past 20 years the popularity of assisted living facilities has taken off. These facilities provide convenience and a sense of community along with access to health care services when needed.
With more and more assisted living facilities being built it is easier than ever for interested residents (or their loved ones) to find one that suits their every need.