Lifestyle Options

 

Figuring out which is the best type of community for your loved one can be a little unsettling. Determining what condition your family member is in order to make sure they will have as much care as they need, without over doing can prove to be one of the most unsettling tasks of your life. It’s always easier when your loved one knows what is needed and accepts the conditions.

Coming to grips with the reality of needing assistance can be really discouraging for a loved one. This is a very sensitive subject, and explains why there are so many different names for the same type of facility and care. At best, this will be a learning process for you and your family, as it proved to be for ours.

Senior style living brings many different levels and requirements of care and attention. There are many reasons why a family member might need to look into these kinds of assistance provided communities. Old age is only one of the many.

Assisted Living Services of Florida LLC is dedicated to presenting you with all the facts regarding senior style care. You need someone that you can trust, who has all the necessities laid out for you for every phase of the process. Time spent doing research and asking multiple facilities the same questions over and over is nothing but a waste of time. We have already asked the questions for you, and researched the best options for your needs. You only have to ask the question once. You only have to give your answer once as well.

Assisted Living

 

There are a few different ways to go about making sure your loved one is in the right place at the right time. Determining the right lifestyle option that fits the needs of your loved one is important. We are here to help you along that path, and answer all the questions you may have.

Assisted living facilities are sought after as alternative forms of residence for individuals  needing supervision and/or assistance with the activities of daily living – ADL, arrangement and coordination of health care provider services outside of the residence, and a continual oversight of daily living to make sure your loved one is safe, healthy, and well cared for 24/7.

Assisted living services became well known and accepted in the 90’s as a continued care alternative for individuals, usually seniors. These facilities have come to bridge the gap between independent living facilities that are unable to provide the kind of attention and services needed, and the 24 hour medical care of a nursing home.

Assisted living facilities are also referred to by many different names such as:

  • Adult foster care
  • Adult homes
  • Adult living care
  • Community based retirement facilities
  • Enhanced care
  • Personal care
  • Residential care
  • Retirement residences
  • Sheltered housing
  • Supported care
  • Board and care
  • Congregate care
  • Adult care home
  • Adult group home
  • Alternative care facility

Assisted Living Services of Florida believes the facility you choose should promote your loved one’s independence and dignity. This is based on the ideals of care, and providing services which enable your loved one to stay as independent as possible while preserving the highest standards of health.

Each state independently regulates and licenses assisted living facilities across the US. With this in mind, assisted living facilities can be found in many different shapes and sizes, some catering to a few residents, while others in the form of communities catering to hundreds.

The kinds of services you find in an assisted living facility should be provided by a 24 hour trained staff. You can expect regular housekeeping duties to be performed including changing sheets, laundry,  meals, and grooming/beauty services. Each facility should have an on call 24 hour a day registered nurse and license practical nurse able to be reached by telephone or email.

An effective and well maintained assisted living facility will make sure medication is taken and/or personal care services are given by a staff member who is trained.

Usually, assisted living residents qualify by needing assistance with an average of three (3) ADLs.

  1. Ability To Move Around
  2. Efficiency In The Bathroom
  3. Ability To Bathe and Dress
  4. Efficiency Of Housekeeping
  5. Ability to Cook And Feed
  6. Ability To Manage Medications
  7. Behavioral Condition
  8. Condition Mentally

If your loved one doesn’t need the intensive medical care a nursing home provides, but needs more friendly personal attention and some help with the day to day activities of living, then an assisted living facility is the right choice.

The facility you choose should provide opportunity for your loved one to participate in regularly scheduled activities that suits their condition.

Please contact your Assisted Living Services Of Florida (ALSF) advisor immediately to get FREE dedicated help for you and your loved one to get established in the most timely and efficient manner.

Some of the areas where ALSF has access to the finest assisted living facilities are: Boca RatonFort LauderdaleBoynton BeachBroward CountyDelray BeachPalm Beach CountyPalm BeachWest Palm BeachFlorida.

Independent Living

 

Independent living is basically any living situation put together for the purposes of catering to seniors usually over the age of 55. This kind of living arrangement differs in style and size. For the most part, the construction of the house, and the layout, is designed with the older individual in mind making it easier to get around the house and the surroundings outside.

There are many names that come with independent living facilities, for example:

  • Retirement Homes
  • Senior Housing
  • Senior Apartments
  • Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
  • Board and Care
  • Community Based Retirement Facilities
  • Personal Care
  • Adult Living Facilities
  • Adult Foster Care
  • Adult Homes
  • Congregate Care
  • Adult Congregate Living Care
  • Domiciliary Care
  • Supportive Care
  • Enhanced Care
  • Sheltered Housing and Elder Care Homes

The major differentiating factor that separates independent living facilities from other types of Senior Housing lifestyle options is the level of care and assistance offered for daily living activities. If your loved one needs continual assistance with dressing themselves, feeding, washing, using the restroom, needs regular daily medical attention independent living is not going to be the best option. Assisted Living Services Of Florida at that point would suggest looking into alternative options like assisted living or nursing homes.

Independent living places are found in a variety of forms and costs. Subsidized senior housing are supported by the U.S. government for seniors that may not have a large enough income to afford any other care. Senior apartments have age restrictions, normally 55 and older, where rent can incorporate many parts of daily and social living such as recreation, transportation, and meals. Retirement communities are for those over the age of 55, and can come in the form of regular types of housing. Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer all three levels of care including independent and assisted, with the ability to move into a nursing home environment if the time ever arises.

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities

 

At its core, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is a type of community that provides its residents various types of care, ranging from independent living housing to assisted living and long-term care, all on one single campus. Many campuses of this nature also provide short-term rehabilitation services as well as specialized Alzheimer’s aid. A continuing care retirement community is vital in helping individuals to continue living comfortably, as it allows them to retain peace of mind by knowing that no matter what type of care they may need in the future, the professionals at a CCRC will provide it to them.

Also known as retirement villages, residents usually move into a CCRC when they are still active and independent. With this being the case, individuals that move into a CCRC are able to take advantage of the many activities and programs the campus provides to them, which will ensure that their social, educational, and recreational needs are always met. Additionally, many of these types of campuses provide various clubs for their residents to participate in, and almost always offer a wellness program for their residents to participate in.

As residents began to grow older and naturally need more care and attention, they will move through the levels of care that the CCRC offers them without having to shop around for additional healthcare as there is change. Therefore, the many transitions that occur during the last stages of life will transition easily and naturally.

How Can You Pay For It?

For most people, understanding the various fees, payment structures, and contracts can be extremely confusing. For those that are looking to find the easiest way to pay for CCRC,  you will need to understand the way each one operates and conducts financing options, such as whether or not a nonrefundable entrance fee or equity payment is needed, and whether or not the CCRC in question will even require fees or provide refunds.

Some CCRCs accept Medicaid (this depends solely on the state) in short-term and long-term care, while others will not. Therefore, you need to communicate with your ALSF advisor to discover the various avenues you can use to pay for CCRC.

How is CCRC Regulated?

With the exception of independent living , every single level of care for a CCRC is absolutely regulated. The state where the CCRC is located will be regulated according to the state: additionally, CCRCs are also regulated at the federal level as well, and the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) also accredits CCRCs; however, this type of accreditation is absolutely optional and is not required.

What if I Have Other Questions?

If you have other questions regarding CCRCs, we urge you to contact us at the Assisted Living Services Of Florida (ALF) today, and allow us to answer any questions you may have. We will obtain the answer you are looking for, so you will have a much more clear idea as to what CCRCs actually are, and how they can benefit you and your family.

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Senior Home Healthcare

 

Senior home healthcare services are vital to ensuring that you or your loved one is able to continue living in the home rather than having to enroll and live at an assisted living facility or nursing home.

These services provide both custodial care and skilled healthcare services, and each service is regulated to allow licensed agencies to provide nursing care, home health aides, and therapy. Additional services provided in this type of service are to help your loved one when dressing themselves, preparing their own meals, bathing properly, shopping, washing and folding laundry, and more.

How to Pay For Senior Home Healthcare?

In many cases, Medicare can pay for the nursing and therapy services one receives from senior home healthcare. Medicare requires that each patient must be home bound and under the professional care of their physician. Likewise, the agency must also be Medicare certified. In the event that an individual is receiving private duty or homemaker services, private funds are a suitable source of payment. You will also find that some area agencies on aging also have funds that will assist with your payment, and will also provide long-term care insurance policies that sometimes cover in these payments as well.

How is Senior Home Healthcare Regulated?

If you or your loved one will be receiving senior home healthcare from a Medicare certified agency, you’ll be glad to know that the agency will be regulated at both the state and federal levels. Licensing for agencies vary by state to state, but most are not losses by any regulatory agency. While caregivers can be required to obtain certification and a license to provide care, non medical caregivers are many times not required to be certified. Lastly, many states require background checks on all caregivers who work with the elderly in an effort to ensure that only reputable individuals provide senior home healthcare to those that need it.

How Can I Learn More About Senior Home Healthcare?

To learn more about senior home healthcare, we advise you to contact Assisted Living Services of Florida (ALSF) as soon as possible. It is here that we will tell you everything you need to know about senior home healthcare, to which you will be able to determine whether or not this type of healthcare is suitable for you or a loved one. Knowing all about senior home healthcare can be confusing, and the information can be difficult to obtain, but luckily, we are here to clear up the mystery surrounding this type of healthcare.

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Skilled Nursing Care

 

Skilled nursing care, commonly referred to as nursing care communities, nursing rehab centers, or nursing homes, or residences are put into place for people that are in need of either long-term care or the aid of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. These communities provide a vast array of personal care and services aimed at providing assisted living with the addition of 24 hour nursing care for all residents.

Long-term care is available for older adults who need nursing care 24/7. This ensures that residents are able to take part in essentially activities of daily living (ADLs). Additionally, it is up to the supervision of a professional staff to ensure that they remain safe at all times. In addition, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services are also present in many nursing care communities as a way to ensure that patients who have had an injury, illness, or surgery are able to improve their life via the aid of a licensed nurse and/or physical, occupational, or speech therapy.

Nursing Care Candidates Need:

  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, continence.
  • Around-the-clock skilled nursing care for those with prolonged physical illness, disability, or cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Custodial care in an Assisted Living Facility.
  • Homemaker care, Adult Day care, Hospice care, Respite care.
  • Personal care for basic instrumental activities of daily living (IADL’s), such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, or bill paying.

The residents that live in a skilled nursing care community typically must live in a private or shared accommodation. In some events, bathrooms may be shared between patients or even entire rooms. Some rooms and suites also contain private showers, with most of them having a shower room (also known as a “spa”) on each wing of the facility.

How to Pay For Skilled Nursing Care?

Unfortunately, paying for skilled nursing care is not very straightforward. For patients that are needing the aid of skilled nursing care for the short term,Medicare and/or private insurance usually covers the care. If the patient continues to at least meet what is typically known as the “skilled criteria” during their stay, Medicare will usually cover the first 20 days at 100%, and 80 additional days at roughly 80%. For patients that have a secondary insurance, 20% is covered that is not covered by Medicare.

For long-term residents, Medicaid, private funds, and long-term care insurance are the typical methods used for payment.

How is Skilled Nursing Care Regulated?

At both the state and federal levels, skilled nursing care communities are regulated. These communities are licensed and regulated by the Department of Public Health on the state level, and are additionally certified by both Medicaid and Medicare. Additionally, licensing standards for administrators and clinical staff are present to ensure that quality service remains is always present.

How Can I Learn More About Skilled Nursing Care?

To learn more about skilled nursing care, you can contact Assisted Living Services of Florida (ALSF) and ask us any questions you may have. We will answer any and all questions you have in regards to skilled nursing care, and once we are finished entering your questions you will undoubtedly know all you need to know about skilled nursing care and how it can improve your life or the life of a loved one.

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Alzheimers Care

 

It’s unfortunate that an estimated 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and require daily care.

It’s scary, and what is even scarier is that by 2050, it is estimated that over 100 million people will require Alzheimer’s care in some form or another, and while we all wish this terrible disease did not exist, the fact of the matter is that it does.

If you have a loved one that needs care due to Alzheimer’s disease, then you need to find a proper living facility as quickly as possible.

Normally, those that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease obtain care from assisted living centers as well as nursing homes.

These types of facilities have dedicated Memory Care programs that allow residents to live in secure units within the facility that are specifically designed to accommodate the special needs of individuals that are living with different types of dementia (the most obvious case being Alzheimer’s disease).

Typically, there are two things you must look for when finding a facility that provides Alzheimer’s care:

1. Resident safety/supervision.
2. Structured routines for residents.

If the facility has optimal safety and supervision, then you can have the peace of mind to know that they will properly accommodate residents that have Alzheimer’s disease.

It is important to know what types of structured routines and activities the facility offers, mealtimes, what type of mail each resident with dementia it is given, and so on.

Additionally, you need to ensure that the facility provides visual cues for residents (e.g. photo cue cards, memory boxes with personal items near the residents’ room, and so on).

This in turn will allow a resident to find their way around the facility, as well as enjoy their time spent at said facility.

How is Alzheimer’s Care Paid For?

Typically, Alzheimer’s care is paid for via private funds.

There are however a few exceptions, one being that it is possible to pay for Alzheimer’s care via long-term care insurance policies that cover licensed assisted living.

Additionally, in a few states, Medicaid funds are also present to help with assisted living costs.

How it Alzheimer’s Care Regulated?

Alzheimer’s care is regulated at the state level.

Every state has their own policies that aim to define and ultimately regulate which types of care and services are actually required for an assisted living community to meet their states’ standards.

Additionally, skilled nursing and rehab centers are also regulated at both the state and federal levels.

They are also licensed and regulated by the Department of Public Health for each state, and are likewise certified by both Medicaid and Medicare.

Finally, there are licensing standards for both administrators and the clinical staff.

Need Help Finding Alzheimer Care?

If you need help finding Alzheimer care, then please contact Assisted Living Services Of Florida (ALSF) today and allow us to help you to find the best facility/community that will take the best care of your loved one whom is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. By doing so, you will be assured that your loved one obtains quality care, allowing you and your family to have the peace of mind to know that they are always taken care of.

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Dementia Care

 

Are you or your loved one beginning to forget everyday things (i.e. misplacing your car keys, forgetting items at the supermarket, etc.)? Does your family notice your personality changing and maybe you are finding it more difficult to talk clearly, perform complex tasks, recognize people and objects, and think objectively, you may have a right to wonder if you are getting dementia.

Medical researchers all agree that forgetfulness now and again is very common, in that these traits are byproducts stress, exhaustion, and generally trying to remember too many details all at one time.

But before you begin to worry, understand the various types of dementia, understanding the causes behind dementia, and the warning signs in general.

Types of Dementia

Without question, the most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which counts for almost as much as 80% of all dementia diagnosis. Additionally, there are other types of dementia such as Parkinson’s disease, Lewy Body dementia, Huntington’s disease, and various other types of dementia that is believed to be linked to alcohol abuse.

The next most common type of dementia is vascular dementia. Individuals with vascular dementia have usually had a stroke or a series of strokes that have created a chronic, reduce flow of blood to the brain. Many times, the stroke is so miniscule that the symptoms go virtually undetected: however, the damage of said stroke builds up over time, which ultimately leads to memory loss, confusion, and other signs that dementia is taking a toll on one’s mind.

Without a doubt, the most common type of vascular dementia is multi-infarct dementia (MID). This type of dementia temporary blocks the blood supply to the brain which in turn creates brief impairments in one’s consciousness as well aside. Over time, as more areas the brain becomes damaged, the symptoms of vascular dementia found begin to appear.

Understanding the Signs of Vascular Dementia

Because we are all different, every person will display different signs of dementia symptoms. More often than not, an individual that is experiencing a prolonged period of “mini strokes” will have a small decline in their memory, which will result in increased rate of the mental and physical decline.

How to Pay for Dementia Care

As stated, because every case differs, the cost of care for dementia patients will solely depend on various factors. Dementia care providers must know what kind of dementia you or your loved one has in order to determine what level of care they must provide to them. If you’ll be paying for dementia care in an assisted living facility, these fees are usually paid via private funds.

However, there are notable exceptions. Long-term care health insurance policies are typically covered by assisted living facilities. In some states, Medicaid funds are available to help with assisted living costs. Additionally, payment for dementia care in a nursing home can be paid for via private funds, long-term care insurance, and Medicaid.

How is it Regulated?

Assisted living is regulated at the state level. As a result, each state has their own policies that determine which care and services are required for assisted living communities to meet their standards. Additionally, nursing rehab centers are also regulated at the state and federal level. They are lies is regulated by their partner public health for each state, and are certified by both Medicaid and Medicare. Finally, licensing standards are present for administrators and clinical staff as a whole.

How Can I Learn More?

To learn more about dementia care, we urge you to contact our offices today. One of our employees at Assisted Living Services of Florida (ALSF) will aid you in providing quality information that will ensure you are able to obtain answers you need in a short amount of time as possible. We will clear up the mystery regarding dementia care, so please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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