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Assisted Living Information, Articles, Reviews and Opinions for Senior Care
With an aging population, assisted living and nursing homes are in demand more than ever before. Assisted living facilities differ from nursing homes by their services offered. Assisted living communities, or continuing care retirement communities are for people who require assistance with everyday "activities of daily living" (which is often referred to as ADL's).


Most people who are considering assisted living also hope to maintain some level of independence, unlike those who choose to live in a nursing home that are more complete in their senior care.

Different Types of Senior Care In The USA and Canada
Across Canada and the United States there are different terms used to describe assisted living, nursing homes, assisted living communities, nursing & convalescent homes – these can include; retirement residences, adult homes, adult living facilities, adult congregate living care, continuing care retirement community, personal care and residential supported care. Assisted living is not always a good alternative to a nursing home, but a good step along the way to more comprehensive senior care.

How Assisted Living is different from a Nursing Home
Nursing homes can be considered more comprehensive senior care facilities that provide complete services for people who are in poor health and not able to care for themselves. On the other hand assisted living facilities are more appropriate for people who are able to care for them selves with the exception of a few activities such as meals, cleaning, or personal hygiene. Assisted living is also suitable for people who only occasionally have problems with memory, being confused or otherwise disoriented. Both Assisted Living communities and nursing homes provide safe, secure and comfortable environments for senior care.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities
These are a combination of independent living retirement communities and nursing homes, with the person in senior care able to progress as the needs mandate. There are 3 different types of contracts available for seniors who want to become a member of a continuing care community. The contract types for continuing care are extensive, modified, and fee-for-service. All three of these contracts for continuing care cover shelter, amenities, residential services, and any short-term and emergency care. The contracts differ in the amounts of entrance fees and monthly fees. Most nursing & convalescent homes have similar types of arrangements for senior care and senior home care.

Selecting a Senior Care Facility
Selecting an assisted living community or a nursing home can be a very important decision for the person in question, as well as for the family of the person that requires senior care. Picking the right assisted living facility is as important as choose a retirement new home, or even a spouse. There are many things to remember when selecting a continuing care retirement community. Very important considerations should be made when choosing assisted living communities. These include, if pets are allowed, meals offered by the senior home care facility, the size of the nursing home, if visitors are allowed, transportation, location, how individual seniors are cared for, if there is Alzheimer's care, nursing home activities, nursing home neglect issues, and what the admission requirements are. Also factors for selection an assisted living community or nursing home should are: what is the activity level for senior care, what type of nursing home activities are offered, is the adult living facility licensed by the state, are there exercise facilities for seniors, religious considerations for seniors, financial consideration, cost of assisted living, safety, security, and the stability of the management company.

Special Safety Considerations for choosing a Nursing Home
For many the safety consideration are among the most important in selecting a facility for senior care. When choosing a potential assisted living facility ask whether they have intercoms in each room, emergency access buttons, 24-hour on call staff with monitoring, clearly marked exits, adequate ventilation, the proximity to the nearest hospital, if there is a doctor or pharmacist on site, the ratio of seniors to staff, and how long on average it takes a health care professional or senior care staff member to attend to a residents call for assistance.

Cost of Assisted Living
For many the realities of the cost of assisted living can be daunting. The cost of assisted living facilities varies widely depending on numerous factors such as the size of the room, services offered, care for elderly in home, and several other factors. In the United States Medicare does not pay for the cost of assisted living services with no exceptions. Most nursing homes only accept private payments for senior care although some states in the US offer some assistance. Some senior care requires the person to be on a waiting list for some months before they can enter communities can offer subsidies and financial aid, particularly if the assisted living facility is provided by a church or charity. For many senior care with subsidy the nursing home.

Assisted living facilities, or nursing homes start at around $1000 per month, and can go up to $3000 per month depending on the assisted living staff, Alzheimer's care, home instead senior care and other services offered. Assisted living can cost less than a full nursing home, and it is important to know what you are paying for and what services at the assisted living facility are considered extra.

Most assisted living facilities and nursing homes create a personalized service plan for each person requiring senior care. The service plan for the person in senior home care will include details of what service is provided by the nursing home or assisted living home. The service plan is reviewed from time to time to be kept up to date on what services are required by the senior, senior care such as meals, medical and entertainment. Costs also vary greatly across the country, you might find cost of assisted living Rochester ny to be among the highest in the nation with typical monthly fees being over $3000. Other very reputable assisted living homes such as sunrise assisted living can also be on the high end of the scale. Many people also enquire about the cost of the nursing home s merton, which is a reasonable option.

Concerns about abuse, neglect and negligence
There have been many unfortunate incidents over the years about nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse. These have been particularly prevalent at Illinois nursing homes, Florida, and Texas nursing homes. This has resulted in the employment of may nursing home negligence lawyers, and abuse attorneys and nursing home neglect lawyers. Nursing homes, Assisted Living, and convalescence homes provide a critical and much needed social service to aging citizens. These homes can become comfortable homes for many, and a wonderful place to spend the later years of a personals life.

FEATURE ARTICLE: "NURSING HOME ABUSE", by Amber Paley

The United States: Nursing Home Abuse Incidence
Abuse in nursing homes is something that happens more often than we'd like to admit. Here are the simple facts about elder abuse in nursing homes:

  • From 2005 through 2007, 91 percent of nursing homes had one or more deficiencies that violated Federal requirements (Health and Human Services, HHS).
  • 90 percent of nursing homes are inadequately staffed (HHS); understaffing is thought to lead to several other causes of abuse.
  • The understaffing problem is expected to be exasperated in the next 20 years as the Baby Boomer generation begins to seek out nursing home care.
  • 30 percent of nursing homes were cited for abuse violations between 1999 and 2001 (U.S. House of Representatives, HR).
  • 10 percent of nursing homes were cited for abuse violations that resulted in harm or death to residents between 1999 and 2000 (HR).
  • In 2007, 17 percent of nursing homes were cited for abuse violations that either resulted in harm to a resident or put residents in “immediate jeopardy” (HHS).
  • The average nursing home cited in 2007 had 7 deficiencies, i.e. did not meet government standards for care.
  • From 2005 to 2007, the severity of reported nursing home deficiencies increased.

The common types of abuse that nursing home residents are subjected to include: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, and neglect.  According to the National Institute of Justice, financial abuse has the highest rate of incidence while sexual abuse has the lowest.

Amber Paley is a guest post and article writer bringing to us information on nursing home abuse incidence in the U.S.
Amber spends much of her professional life writing about and researching elder abuse in nursing homes

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