All About Seniors: Assisted Living 101 - The Cottages
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All About Seniors: Assisted Living 101

By April 12, 2021 No Comments

Many people are unaware of what assisted living actually is. It often gets mixed up with independent living, skilled nursing, and communities for those that are over the age of 50. There is a difference between each of these and they each serve a different purpose. A senior’s individual needs and stage of life determines what level of care will best suit them. It’s important to be equipped with the correct information when facing a decision about your loved one’s care. Our goal is to lessen the stress of these types of decisions and help seniors find the right place, at the right time, with the appropriate level of care.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living is a form of long-term care housing for seniors. Individuals that need assisted living are active, however they may need assistance with daily living activities such as:

  • Medication management
  • Care coordination
  • Transportation
  • Grooming
  • Delicious meals
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
  • Bathing
  • Dressing

Those that move into assisted living are often looking for socialization and engaging activities as well.

Assisted living homes consist of a vast team of compassionate individuals whose mission is to serve the residents and provide an uplifting environment. An assisted living home typically consists of caregivers, nurses, administrators, assistant administrators, activities coordinators, bus drivers, marketing directors, and maintenance technicians. The residents can expect to have private living quarters, access to activity rooms, dining areas, spa rooms, and accommodations for private family gatherings.

What Should People Look for In An Assisted Living Home?

Choosing the right assisted living home is essential. When searching for an assisted living home, we recommend that you look at the staffing ratios. How many staff members are there to the number of residents? Do they provide home-cooked meals and tailor to special dietary needs? Do they have a dedicated activities director that helps the residents participate in engaging, life-enriching activities? Is the administrator readily accessible to answer your questions or address needs? Are the residents happy and look well cared for? Does the atmosphere feel right, and does it feel like home? Does the facility have good survey outcomes, and have they been awarded local and national quality awards? These are just a few questions to ask when searching for the perfect assisted living home.

Choose the Cottages Assisted Living

The Cottages Senior Living will provide the best environment for your loved one. Their small, home-like atmosphere and high staff to resident ratio helps ensure the residents are well cared for and their needs are addressed. The Cottages assisted living homes only have a maximum of 16 residents per home which enables our staff to give more personalized care. The home-cooked meals not only follow dietary guidelines but are delicious and nutritious. The activities are tailored to the residents’ wants and desires, creating life-enriching moments. The administrator has an open-door policy and is never too busy to meet with family or answer questions. The home and atmosphere feel calm, happy, and look like a home. The Cottages never feel like an institution or hotel. The Cottages Assisted Living has received numerous national and state quality awards for their well-run homes, exuding superior care.

If you are looking for an exceptional assisted living or memory care home, look no further. Call The Cottages today to schedule a tour or speak with one of our experts! (208) 475-1805

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