What are assisted living facilities (ALF), who are they for and what do they include?

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What Are Assisted Living Facilities (ALF):

Assisted Living or Assisted living facilities (ALF) usually refers to a non-medical facility that is used by people who are not able to live on their own, but do not need the level of continuous nursing care that a nursing home offers.

People who live in newer model assisted living facilities usually have their own private apartment, while having to their disposal the option to have an assistance with daily living activities such as eating, dressing, bathing and other required daily requirements.

Assisted living is also defined as:
adult day care, alzheimer's care, continuing care, retirement community, residential care, home health care, independent living care, personal care, senior housing, elderly housing facility, skilled nursing care or nursing home.

What Do Assisted Living Facilities Include:

There is usually no special medical monitoring equipment, nor 24-hour nursing staff, that you would find in a nursing home. However, trained staff are usually on-site around the clock to provide other needed services.

While assisted living facilities provide private apartments housings, generally these types of living facilities are self contained

having their own small kitchen, bathroom, living area, and bedroom. Alternatively, individual living spaces may resemble a dormitory or hotel room consisting of a private or semi-private sleeping area and a shared bathroom. There are usually common areas for socializing, as well as a central kitchen and dining room for preparing and eating meals.

Someone who lives at an assisted living facility would not have to be concerned with having to prepare meals every day because there is a central kitchen and dining facility that they can take advantage of. The central dining facility also allows for visiting with others without having to leave home. This greatly reduces the isolation that elderly, disabled or handicapped people suffer when living alone and who are afraid (usually for physical reasons) to leave their homes.

More recently built facilities are designed with an emphasis on ease of use by disabled people. Bathrooms and kitchens are designed with wheelchairs and walkers in mind. Hallways and doors are extra-wide to accommodate wheelchairs. These facilities are by necessity fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) or similar legislation elsewhere.

The socialization aspects of Assist Living faclities are very beneficial to the occupants. Normally the facility has many activities scheduled for the occupants, keeping in mind different disabilities and needs.

A Typical Assisted Living Resident:

A typical assisted living facility resident would be a woman in her mid to late 80s who does not need the intensive care of a nursing home but prefers more companionship and needs some assistance in day to day living.

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