What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care tailored to each residents need. Assisted Living is designed for individuals who require some limited assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance with bathing, dressing and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer's, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges. Residents are assessed regularly, at least quarterly and the assessment is used to develop an Individualized Service Plan.
Overview of Assisted Living
Assisted living is usually considered a more residential alternative to traditional nursing home care. Generally assisted living serves individuals who are more independent and self-mobile with fewer needs than people usually served by nursing homes. You will usually find fewer nursing staff and licensed nurses in assisted living than are found in a nursing home.
While nursing homes are regulated and licensed according to national standards set by the federal government assisted living centers are regulated according to each states individual regulatory standards. In New Hampshire there are actually two designated levels of care that are referred to as “Residential Care” and “Supported Residential Care”. Licensure at the Supported Residential Care level allows for the provision of a somewhat higher level of care although the state designated levels do not set strict criteria. The Warde Center is licensed at the Supported Residential Care level.
Services Offered in Assisted Living
- Three meals a day served in a common dining area
- Housekeeping services
- 24-hour security
- Exercise and wellness programs
- Personal laundry services
- Social and recreational activities
Personal care in assisted living includes:
- Staff available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs
- Assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking
- Access to health and medical services, such as physical therapy and hospice
- Emergency call systems for each resident’s apartment
- Medication management
- Care for residents with cognitive impairments