Senior living facilities are divided up by the levels of care that they can provide. Their residents vary from being entirely independent to requiring fully skilled nursing care around the clock. They can all vary a great deal in size from just a couple of beds to hundreds. Furthermore, they can be owned privately by individuals or major corporations. In this chapter we will profile each type of facility, their benefits, and what to consider when deciding to go private or corporate.
Assisted Living (ALF)
Assisted living is becoming the most common and popular option among aging adults nationwide with new facilities opening on a daily basis across the country. Here in California you can barely throw a stone without hitting one. While it is certainly the goal of ALFs to encourage the self-preservation and independence of its residents, it offers an increased level of care and supervision.
SeniorHousingNet describes how the majority of ALFs are widespread single-level, or high rise buildings with large common areas and private or semi-private rooms. However, it is becoming more common for smaller facilities to be built out of converted homes. Laws require that they have at least one nurse on the staff who will oversee the care of every resident on the property regardless of their health or condition. They are also required to have a certain number of resident aides providing assistance and care based on individual state laws. ALFs provide their residents with the peace of mind of 24hour security and care available as often as they need. In fact, any good ALF performs hourly “checks” in which a resident aide will check in with each individual resident on the hour to ensure they are safe, comfortable, and content. Some additional benefits include emergency call systems, laundry and housekeeping services, and 3 meals daily in addition to snacks, exercise and wellness programs, and personal care services for those that require it.
If you are interested in finding a high quality assisted living facility for yourself or loved one, you would be wise to consider The Manse On Marsh. At their beautiful facility The Manse On Marsh offers a dynamic calendar of social events and activities, delicious daily meals, and exceptional caring staff to care for their residents. They have also received many awards recognizing them for their achievements in providing the best quality of care to their residents.