The typical Assisted Living model is based on apartment style living with care services built in. This model encourages independence and autonomy while providing supervision and daily assistance with care needs. We tried this type of dementia care in Nassau County for my grandmother – split between her home and here, we hoped the activity would help. Meals are typically served in a main dining area with the intent of a social gathering while enjoying meals selected by the residents. Activities will be offered, including outings, scenic bus rides, and trips to the grocery store, bank, and doctors visits on designated days of the week.
Assisted Living provides custodial care, not medical care: Bathing, Dressing, Toileting, Grooming, Mobility, Medication Management Cooking, Housekeeping, Transportation, Laundry and you can most likely expect to pay on an “ala carte” system. You will be quoted a “base cost” or “room and board cost” ranging from $1500-$3000 per month, depending on geography, size of apartment, and amenities offered. Expect to see additional costs added on right away. Based on an assessment of your care needs, the price will increase accordingly. This price can vary from month-to-month, especially if care needs drastically improve or decline over time.
Assisted living facilities won’t accept seniors in wheelchairs or those who experience urinary incontinence.While independence in mobility is encouraged among residents of assisted living facilities, wheelchairs are not prohibited. However, residents must be able to transfer (move from bed/chair to wheelchair, etc.) with the assistance of one other person. Those who require the assistance of two people or who cannot bear any weight are not appropriate for this environment as their care exceeds the licensure of assisted living facilities. Similarly, residents who experience urinary incontinence are usually accepted as long as their condition can be managed with a toileting schedule, incontinence products and reminders on a consistent basis.