Assisted Living Facilities: What You Need to Know

Nurse Caring for ElderlyNo two assisted living facilities are alike. In the Gulf Breeze area, assisted living facilities offer a number of options. Watermark of Gulf Breeze says that potential clients should review the services that they offer.

Some facilities may provide the basic board and room, while others may offer a huge option of add-on services, such as housekeeping, social activities, and access to medical care.

To be able to decide the best assisted living option, potential clients need to  make sure they find a facility that can cater to all of their needs.

  1. Do they feel comfortable in it?

What feels comfortable to one person may feel different to another person. Some people prefer busy, bustling places full of activity; while others prefer cozy, quiet corners. The facility should help them feel right at home.

  1. What amenities are available?

Some facilities include an easy-to-follow floor plan, fully working elevators for access to upper levels, accessibility ramps for wheelchairs, and handrails to assist in walking. Others offer access to gardens and other outdoor amenities, such as pools and patios.

  1. What services are available?

While assisted living facilities encourage as much independence as possible, they also provide services to assist with daily activities, such as dressing, bathing, shopping, getting around the house, or using the telephone.

  1. How much does it cost?

Assisted living facilities can cost anywhere from $800 to $4,000 a month, so it is important to put price into consideration as well. Standard health insurance does not cover assisted living, but with a private long-term care insurance, this might be covered in the plan.

Assisted living is a viable option for those who don’t need as much assistance as others, but would still like to get help with common daily activities. The best facility focuses on a patient’s needs and preferences and makes that patient’s comfort their top priority.