Exploring Assisted Living: Levels of Care
As your loved one ages, it’s normal for them to require a bit more assistance in completing their daily activities than they used to. But when is it time to place the responsibility for that assistance in the hands of someone more experienced, like the trained staff at an assisted living community? Read on to learn how assisted living works, the differences in the levels of assisted living care and why Wesley Court Assisted Living Community offers the best assisted living experience that Boiling Springs has to offer!
How Assisted Living Works
Wondering if your loved one is a good fit for assisted living vs board and care communities or independent living? Assisted living communities differ from independent living in that they provide your loved one with assistance in completing the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as ambulation, dressing, feeding, personal hygiene, continence and toileting. These communities typically offer individual apartments or bedrooms, and they provide common areas in which residents can socialize or participate in fun activities. Many assisted living communities, like Wesley Court Assisted Living, also offer up to three meals per day, medication management (in some states), laundry and housekeeping services, and 24-hour supervision and security to ease your mind about the safety of your loved one.
What about an intermediate care facility vs assisted living, you might wonder? Well, an intermediate care facility is like a skilled nursing facility: it offers more advanced nursing care, like that of a nursing home. If your loved one doesn’t need that kind of advanced care, an assisted living community might be the right fit. When it comes to board and care communities vs assisted living, the biggest difference is that they have a much higher ratio of residents to caregivers (14:1) as compared to assisted living communities (3:1), which allows residents in assisted living communities to receive more personalized care. Wondering, “Are assisted living facilities regulated?” The answer is yes; however, each state has its own set of rules and regulations when it comes to assisted living, so you’ll want to familiarize yourself with those of your state. You can find regulations for residential care facilities in South Carolina here.
Levels of Assisted Living Care
Not only are there differences in types of care facilities — assisted living vs independent living, etc. – but there are also different levels of assisted living that you should be aware of so you can make the best choice when it comes to your loved one’s living arrangements. When you apply for residence at a community, you’ll most likely be required to participate in a level of care assessment for assisted living for your loved one. During this assessment, the trained staff will evaluate his or her needs to determine what level of care is appropriate. There are three major levels of care when it comes to assisted living:
- Lower Levels of Assisted Living (AL) Care. In this category, residents do not need much assistance, though they do need more than a resident in an independent living community. They may be able to transport themselves to and from the dining area or to participate in activities at the community, but they also need help with one or more of the activities of daily living (ADLs). However, most residents in this category can generally take care of primary needs like bathing and grooming on their own. Residents in the lower levels also do not experience issues with memory loss and can advocate for themselves when it comes to expressing their needs.
- Higher or More Advanced Levels of Assisted Living (AL) Care. In this category, residents tend to need more one-on-one, hands-on help in getting around the community and with the activities of daily living, including help with toileting or basic hygiene needs. While these individuals may have some memory loss, they are not quite as advanced in their memory issues as those who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Residents needing higher levels of assisted living care may have more complex medical needs or might be at a higher risk of falling or experiencing other accidents.
- Memory Care. Finally, individuals who are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia might require a more specialized level of assisted living care called memory care. In this category, staff tend to be more highly trained in taking care of patients with advanced memory issues.
Experience the Best in Assisted Living at Wesley Court
Not sure what level of care your loved one might require when it comes to assisted living? Schedule your personalized consultation with Wesley Court Assisted Living today, and one of our highly trained staff members can help you understand the best options for your loved one’s care.
Located in Boiling Springs, SC, our community offers a variety of fitness programs and activities to keep your loved one engaged, along with personalized care plans to ensure they can live their life as independently as possible while receiving assistance where needed. The best part? You’ll no longer have to worry about the safety of your loved one at home! Our staff takes care of all of your loved one’s needs, including cooking, housekeeping, laundry, transportation and more.
Contact us today or call 864-599-9929 to learn more about how Wesley Court Assisted Living Community can help your loved one live the life they deserve.