What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living definition

Assisted living communities are designed to provide personalized care for seniors who may no longer choose or be able to live independently. Assisted living communities offer gentle supervision and support with activities of daily living (ADL’s). This can include assistance with dressing, bathing, and medication management, as well as prompts and reminders for residents with a decline in cognition. Families, along with staff and physicians, ascertain which areas of assistance would improve the residents’ quality of life and safety.

Along with health care services, appropriate social activities are usually included by the community in order to enhance the residents’ social and emotional well-being. Rehab and skilled nursing services may also be on-site at some communities to offer the residents and their families a continuity of care as needs increase either temporarily or permanently, allowing the resident to “age in place”.

Definition of Assisted Living

Assisted living is defined as an option to live in a home-like environment, combing health care, and housing, as well as emotional, physical, and in some communities, spiritual support. Residents who reside in an assisted living community often are able to maintain a certain level of independence and do not require the care a skilled nursing home would offer.

Assisted Living Facts

  • Assisted living is one of the fastest growing long-term care options for aging adults.
  • About 6.5 million older adults require assistance with daily living activities, and that number is expected to double by the year 2020.
  • Assisted living communities come in all shapes and sizes-from sprawling, suburban complexes to towering high-rises.
  • Roughly one million Americans currently reside in assisted living communities, and that number is expected to double by the year 2030.

If you are interested in assisted living in Palm Beach County, consider visiting Lourdes Pavilion, served by the Carmelite Sisters. We offer all levels of care; independent, assisted, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. Enjoy the lifestyle amenities of downtown living on the Intracoastal Waterway, along with the care you need to maintain an active lifestyle in our private apartments, furnished to your taste.

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