Seniors living with disabilities often feel more comfortable and confident knowing help is just around the corner. Assisted living communities provide long-term care, every day, to help people remain independent as safely as possible. While seniors experiencing challenges with mobility, routine daily care, arthritis and other normal conditions of aging may not require constant care to live well, there are benefits to exploring assisted living options. Assisted living for disabled adults provides support with medication management, bathing, dressing and transportation.
The CDC reports that 2 in 5 adults aged 65 years and older have a disability. Each of those individuals — and their families — are faced with the question of how to create the best living conditions for ongoing comfort, happiness and safety.
How to Know If Assisted Living is Right for an Adult Living with a Disability
Assisted living for adults with disabilities balances support with privacy and autonomy, allowing seniors to get the help they need when they need it, even as their needs change. Many seniors value assisted living for its amenities. Social activities and services, such as restaurant-style meal services, are paired with housekeeping services and personal support with everyday tasks such as medication management, bathing, dressing and transportation. This creates an ideal living situation for people who need a little help managing certain day-to-day tasks as a result of disabilities as well as other common challenges of aging.
Though assisted living is one option for seniors with disabilities, it is not the only one. Memory care, skilled nursing care, independent living and in-home care are also available and may be more appropriate options. For instance, a senior who would prefer fewer chores around the house and more social engagement with little intervention may be well suited to independent living, while someone with advanced Alzheimer’s Disease may require a higher level of care and would benefit from assisted living options specially designed for people with memory loss, such as a memory care community.
How Do Assisted Living Facilities Support Seniors with Disabilities?
Our communities are thoughtfully designed to support assisted living for adults with some disabilities. Our dedicated and compassionate associates are fully trained to help with all personal care needs day and night. And because we know each of our residents on a personal level, our associates can keep tabs on when an individual may need a little help due to temporary illness or other short-term challenges. Likewise, our associates take the lead on coordinating medical care, prepare healthy and tasty meals and handle the housekeeping, so our residents can focus on enjoying life.
Amenities in our communities include:
- Personal care assistance
- Medication management
- Medical care coordination
- Restaurant-style meals
Nursing Homes vs. Assisted Living for Adults with Disabilities
In many cases, seniors with disabilities choose to live in an assisted living community for a while before moving to a nursing home as their needs change and become greater. Determining the right moment to make such a change is a personal choice, but there are certain guidelines that can help make the decision easier.
Assisted living tends to be more independent, private and offer support for activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and grooming. For people with greater need of support, nursing homes tend to be more clinical in nature, feature shared rooms and offer higher levels of care. It is always best to talk with any long term care setting to find out if their community can serve your or your loved one’s needs.
How Can Seniors with Disabilities Pay for Assisted Living?
Recent findings show that the average cost for assisted living communities comes in at $3,628 a month. Though the cost may feel high, particularly for seniors who may have paid off their mortgages, the amenities included in senior living — such as care, meals and housekeeping — are often valuable services making it the most economical option for a safe and independent lifestyle.
Many seniors and their families budget for assisted living and other options based on the sale of a home or the shift of home costs. When planning such a budget, it’s important to note that Medicare and Medicaid typically do not cover the costs of assisted living, although in a few states Medicaid support may be available. A staff member at a local assisted living community can answer more questions about financial options available.
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