Assisted living is senior housing with the added benefit of services. Residents can receive help with daily living activities such as bathing, eating, and dressing. They can also receive coordination of services by outside healthcare providers as well as medication management. These services and more give seniors the freedom to be as independent as they want to be with the comfort of knowing that a professional nursing team is available 24/7. In addition to these services, facilities provide transportation, exercise activities, social events, delicious meals, and more.
What is Assisted Living?
Signs That It’s Time for Assisted Living
When taking care of a parent or loved one becomes difficult and more than you can handle, it may be time for you to start assessing if signs indicate it’s time to move to assisted living. Some of these signs include:
- Falls that happen more frequently
- Difficulties managing chronic health problems
- Forgetting to take medicine
- Poor eating and hygiene habits
- Inability to safely complete activities of daily living
How to Select an Assisted Living Community
Choosing an assisted living community for you, your parents or your loved one can feel overwhelming. Oftentimes, this decision is made during a health crisis. Therefore, it is essential to be prepared with the important information you need to make the best decision possible. Things to consider include:
Finding an assisted living campus close to home can help your loved one stay connected to their community and church. In fact, this can also make it easier for family and friends to visit.
Assisted living communities offer services and amenities such as dining services, housekeeping, exercise and wellness programs, and medication management. Be sure to ask about other programs they invest in that make living at the community unique.
Transitions to Higher Care
It’s important to think about what kind of care you or your family member needs now. However, it is also important to consider what additional assistance they will need down the road. Consider the following:
- What additional types of care and services does the campus provide?
- Will you or your family member need a higher level of care in the future? If so, is that available in the community or close by?
One of the most important factors when choosing an assisted living facility is cost. Therefore, try to avoid falling in love with a campus that isn’t affordable. The cost of assisted living can vary significantly depending on the amenities the facility provides, as well as the level of care you or your loved one needs. Although the initial cost may make you pause, remember it is often all-inclusive. Most all-inclusive senior living communities provide housing, transportation, meals, activities, medical care, and other expenses.
You want to walk onto the campus and feel like you are at home. Home is where all staff and residents are smiling and celebrating life!
Nye Health Services is proud to provide some of the best assisted living services and amenities to seniors in Nebraska. Contact Nye Health Services to learn more about the assisted living amenities we offer or schedule a tour of any of our senior living communities in Fremont, Norfolk, and Lincoln, Nebraska!
Additional Information: Housing Resources (Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging)
Nye Health Services | Independent & Assisted Living Communities
Nye Health Services is passionate about providing older adults with a wide range of wellness and health services that maximize health and well-being. If you are searching for a senior living community, explore one of our five locations in eastern Nebraska. Each campus provides award-winning health and wellness services, comfortable apartments, and numerous amenities to help you live 2022 to the fullest! Contact us today to learn more about what sets Nye apart or to schedule a tour of a community near you!