Unfortunately, the words “assisted living” sometimes carry a taboo with them. It’s often a difficult and confusing topic to research and discuss with loved ones. We’re here to debunk myths and share 7 surprising facts that you might have not realized about assisted living.
1. There are different levels of care
If you are unsure if your loved one could benefit from assisted living, many facilities offer different levels of care to accommodate many different needs. For example, at Loretto, we offer many different care options including our Enriched Living Program, Daybreak Medical Day Program, Palliative Care Program, and Short-Term Rehabilitation Services to name a few. These different programs offer different levels of care to specifically serve a large spectrum of those in need. If you are interested in talking to someone about the different services we offer or to find out more information please don’t hesitate to reach out here.
2. They are Affordable
Despite the stigma that can be associated with Assisted Living, it is a very affordable option for elderly care. Doing research and talking to your chosen facility about payment options is one of the easiest ways to work out a plan and make assisted living an affordable option for anyone. A Place for Mom offers great ideas for ways to navigate the cost of assisted living.
3. Some Allow Pets
Some assisted living facilities allow for pets. This can be an extremely important factor for some seniors looking into assisted living. Make sure to do your research on different facilities and find one that works best for your loved one and their pets if they are an important part of their life.
4. No Cooking
If you are skeptical about the food aspect of assisted living, you can rest assured knowing that in most facilities your loved one does not need to cook. At Loretto, we offer dining room service for 3 meals a day and reminders and escorts to those meals. We ensure our residents get the nutrients and delicious food they need.
5. Private Rooms
Contrary to popular belief, many assisted living homes offer private rooms. If this is important to your loved one, don’t be afraid to research facilities beforehand and check with them to see if they have available private rooms.
6. Housekeeping and laundry service
Often, assisted living facilities offer laundry and housekeeping services for their residents. This can be especially important if your loved one is living with limited mobility and they wouldn’t be able to complete these tasks on their own.
7. Planned Recreational Activities
Assisted Living Facilities take the quality of life of their residents very seriously. Oftentimes one of the best ways to get residents active, social, and happy is by organizing activities for all of the residents to attend. At Loretto we are constantly working to create fun events and activities for all residents to enjoy.
Sometimes the best way to find out more information about Assisted Living facilities and debunk rumors is to do your research and talk to an expert. At Loretto, we are always willing to listen to any of your concerns and inform you about all of our programs and what we have to offer. If you or a loved one is interested in learning more, please reach out here.