A search for an Assisted Living Option presents multiple concerns. Assisted Living has changed leaps and bounds over the past years. Visit with a Transition Consultant at Bridge to Better Living to help navigate the journey of Retirement Options. Prepare yourself by reviewing the five facts listed below to learn the top things you need to know about Assisted Living.

Assisted Living Provides Differing Levels of Care

Assisted Living is regulated by the state, meaning the definition of Assisted Living varies from state to state as well as community to community.  Some may provide basic care while others offer a higher level of services for those aging in place. If you have seen one Assisted Living, you have seen ONE Assisted Living.

Each Community Is Unique

Facility tours reveal each community has a different personality and ambiance. Assisted Living Communities may offer similar amenities and services but differ in their approach. Resident culture will vary; some are formal, and others have a” down to earth” feeling. Decors and outdoor appearances differ. One community may cater to the golf lovers while another accommodates those who enjoy the arts. A community exists for everyone.

Affordable Rates

Assisted Living Communities are thought to be expensive and unattainable for most, but the price is often more affordable than one imagines. Homeownership costs add up once home maintenance, insurance, taxes utilities, and repairs are tallied. If a loved one requires additional care as they age the cost of home health care could be an additional expense. Living in a community offering multiple included options could be a more affordable option over time.

Seniors holding long-term care insurance will have assistance with the monthly rates of Assisted Living. This coverage generally begins after a 30, 60- or 90-day exemption period. Bridge to Better Living helps you find a home fitting your budget as well as financial resources.

Assisted or Skilled Care?

Many Seniors are vehemently opposed to their children “putting them in a home.” Assisted Living is not Skilled Care or a Nursing Home. Residents in Assisted Living Communities are mobile and active while residents in Skilled Care are often bedridden. Assisted Living Communities offer apartment-style living. Skilled Care provides 24/7 medical care from on-site nurses while Assisted Living Communities provide assistance as needed for the activities of daily living. Many Assisted Living residents still work or travel. It is important to remember that the resident, family, and physicians drive the care practiced in Assisted Living. Skilled Living cares are driven by the physician. Skilled Care is regulated by the state and federal government.

Assisted Living Communities Compliment Life

A loved one may continue the comforts enjoyed at home. One of the biggest things to know about moving into an Assisted Living Community is that Communities are able to accommodate separate needs if a couple moves into an apartment. Parents may remain in the same room and do not need to be separated. Communities accepting pets are not unique, as caring for a furry friend has mental and physical benefits.

If you or your loved one are considering a move to Assisted Living, make Bridge to Better Living your first call. Transition Consultants will visit with you and review options, narrow the search, schedule tours and accompany you on each one. The stress and worry experienced by those who tackle this search alone disappear with the assistance and guidance of trained Transition Consultants. Be confident you are in the right place when Bridge to Better Living is by your side.