Assisted Living Questions – What is Assisted Living?
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is an excellent choice for seniors who want to live as independently as possible, but need assistance with support services. Assisted living homes have a higher ratio of caregivers than a nursing home and encourage as much individual independence as capable in a safe home-like environment.
Assisted living homes offer more assistance than a retirement home and more continuous monitoring than home health care. Assisted living housing comes in all shapes and sizes. Settings can range from three or more residents in a home-like setting, up to 200 residents in a larger facility designed specifically for assisted living purposes.
Preferred Assisted Living and Respite Care homes range from 8-15 residents and are all in residential neighborhoods in residential home settings. Our assisted living homes provide care to a wide range of care levels including those who need assistance.
Who should consider Assisted Living?
Elderly individuals who need help with activities of daily living, but do not need the services of a nursing home may want to consider assisted living. At Preferred Assisted Living and Respite Care, providing residents with consistent care in a home-like environment is our top goal. As independence decreases and needs change, our services are conducted in a home-like environment so you can maintain comfortable living in a familiar environment.
What kind of Licensure do Assisted Living Communities Need?
Assisted living communities are licensed and regulated by the state; there is no federal regulatory board. In New Mexico, the Department of Health is responsible for licensing all assisted living and adult residential care facilities. Preferred Assisted Living and Respite Care is not only licensed by the New Mexico Department of Health and Environmental Health, but also the Board of Pharmacy. In addition, we belong to the Assisted Living Service Organization of New Mexico, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
How is Resident Safety in Assisted Living Facilities?
Residents should feel safe in their assisted living community. Since safety measures vary from community to community, it is important to visit the assisted living community you are considering and ask about safety measures at the facility. At Preferred Assisted Living and Respite Care, we not only have secure facilities, but utilize a call-button system so residents can easily ask for assistance in the middle of the night.
Is Assisted Living Right For You?
You may want to consider assisted living if you or your loved one needs assistance with activities of daily living, such as meals, laundry, showering, toileting and/or managing medications. As part of our aging-in-place philosophy, when residents need more nursing care than we can provide, we can arrange hospice care.
Contact Preferred Assisted Living and Respite Care for an assisted living checklist and more information about health care in our assisted living facility.