What Is “Assisted Living” and What Does it Provide?

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Assisted Living Facts

Senior communities that offer assisted living as one of their care levels provide a wide range of services and amenities designed to meet the unique needs of seniors who require assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) while still maintaining their independence. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) – also called a Life Plan community, Christwood Retirement in Covington, Louisiana, offers the full continuum of care. Seniors move in as independent and then have the assurance of access to higher levels of care, should they need them as they age. This includes assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and skilled care. Here, we’ll delve into the essential facts on assisted living.

Personalized Care: Assisted living communities provide personalized care plans tailored to the individual needs and preferences of each resident. Trained caregivers offer assistance with activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, medication management and meal preparation, ensuring residents receive the support they need to thrive.

Supportive Environment: Assisted living communities create a supportive and engaging environment where residents can connect with peers, participate in activities and events, and enjoy a sense of community. With amenities such as common areas, dining venues, fitness centers and social activities, residents have ample opportunities to stay active and engaged.

Peace of Mind: Assisted living communities offer peace of mind for residents and their families, knowing that help is available around the clock if needed. Staff members are trained to respond to emergencies and provide assistance as needed, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents at all times.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a type of senior housing that bridges the gap between independent living and skilled nursing care. It is designed for seniors who need some assistance with daily activities but do not require round-the-clock medical care. Christwood Retirement Community offers a range of services and amenities to support independence and enhance the quality of life for residents in their assisted living neighborhood.

A Lifestyle to Love

Assisted living at Christwood offers seniors a lifestyle to love, with a focus on independence, dignity and well-being. Residents enjoy spacious accommodations, delicious dining options, engaging activities and events, and personalized care and support tailored to their individual needs. From fitness classes and social gatherings to cultural outings and educational programs, there is always something exciting happening at Christwood.

Can Assisted Living Really Improve Quality of Life?

Yes, assisted living can significantly improve the quality of life for seniors by providing the support and assistance they need to thrive. Assisted living communities offer a range of services and amenities designed to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being. By fostering a supportive environment where residents can connect with peers, participate in activities and receive personalized care, assisted living can enhance seniors’ overall quality of life. Many families are surprised to find their senior loved ones become more engaged, active and even independent with a move to assisted living. With support close at hand and help with things like dressing, bathing and medication management, assisted living actually allows seniors to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle that includes activities, social events and educational opportunities.

FAQs

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about assisted living:

What Are Activities of Daily Living?

Activities of daily living (ADLs) include tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, eating and mobility. Seniors who require assistance with one or more ADL may benefit from the support provided in an assisted living community.

What Does Assisted Living Provide?

Assisted living communities offer a range of services and amenities, including assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, dining services, social activities and recreational programs.

How Does Assisted Living Ensure Personalized Care?

Assisted living communities conduct comprehensive assessments to determine each resident’s individual needs and preferences. Care plans are then developed to address these needs, ensuring residents receive personalized care and support tailored to their unique circumstances.

What’s an Assisted Living Community Like?

Assisted living communities vary in size, layout and amenities, but they generally offer a welcoming and supportive environment where residents can live comfortably and independently. Common areas, dining venues, fitness centers and outdoor spaces provide opportunities for socialization and engagement. At Christwood Retirement Community, residents in assisted living enjoy the best of all worlds with a private apartment, resort-like amenities and supportive services that enhance their independence.

What are the Benefits of Assisted Living?

Assisted living offers several benefits for seniors, including personalized care and support, access to amenities and activities, social engagement and community support, peace of mind for residents and their families, and the opportunity to live independently while receiving assistance as needed.

Is Assisted Living the Right Choice?

Ultimately, the decision to move to assisted living is a personal one that depends on individual needs, preferences and circumstances. If you or a loved one could benefit from personalized care, social engagement and a supportive community environment, assisted living at Christwood Retirement Community may be the right choice for you. Our knowledgeable staff is available to chat about your specific circumstances if you’d like to connect with us. Oftentimes, a visit to a community – to tour the campus and enjoy a meal – is the best way to experience the lifestyle available.

A few things to consider that may provide insight into the positives around a move to assisted living:

  • Personalized care and support. Assisted living communities offer personalized care plans tailored to meet the individual needs and preferences of each resident.
  • Access to amenities and activities. Residents of assisted living communities have access to a wide range of amenities and activities, including dining services, social events, fitness programs and cultural outings.
  • Social engagement and community support. Assisted living communities provide opportunities for residents to socialize, connect with peers, and participate in community events and activities.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?

The cost of assisted living varies depending on factors such as geographic location of the senior community you are considering, level of care needed and amenities provided. At Christwood, our team is happy to walk through the finances of senior living. With an affordable, all-inclusive Life Plan that covers the essentials and offers a smart way to control your financial assets, our community is a sound choice for seniors ready for the next step in their retirement journey. Christwood offers transparent pricing and customizable care plans to meet the needs and budget of each resident.

What Can Affect Assisted Living Cost?

Several factors can affect the cost of assisted living, including the level of care needed, the size and geographic location of the community, and the amenities and services provided.

The Cost of Assisted Living Versus the Cost of Other Senior Care Types

While assisted living may be more expensive than other types of senior care or senior living, such as home care or independent living, it provides a higher level of support and access to amenities and activities.

How to Pay for Assisted Living

There are a variety of ways seniors finance assisted living. It’s important to discuss your personal financial situation – including retirement funds, savings accounts, investments and home value – with a financial advisor and a tax professional. The team at Christwood is available to answer questions about the costs associated with assisted living in our Life Plan community.

When looking at funding assisted living expenses, you’ll want to consider supplemental benefits and options, such as:

  • Veterans Benefits. Veterans and their spouses may qualify for VA benefits to help cover the cost of assisted living.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance. Long-term care insurance policies may provide coverage for assisted living expenses.
  • Life Insurance. Some life insurance policies have provisions that allow policyholders to access funds to pay for long-term care expenses.

Considering assisted living for yourself or a loved one? Contact Christwood Retirement Community today to learn more about our assisted living services and schedule a visit to our community. We’re here to help you make an informed decision about senior living.

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