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What Type of Senior Residence is Right for You? This Section Includes: • Assisted Living Facilities • Alzheimer’s/Dementia ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES (ALFs) ALFs provide housing, personalized support services and health care designed to meet the needs of those who need help with Activities of Daily Living (ADL). ADLs include assistance with: • Bathing • Dressing • Grooming • Eating • Ambulation • Transferring • Toileting • Hygiene • Walking & other similar tasks • Supervision & help with medications Various Care Levels ALFs can offer different levels of assistance, from minimal to comprehensive. The following are the three types of state licenses for assisted living facilities. Care Level: Standard License Basic Services include, but are not limited to: • Housing (private, semi-private, rooms, suites or apartments) • Meals, special diets and snacks • 24-hr staff available to supervise residents • Assistance or help with ADLs • Assist with medications by a nurse • Arrange for health care services • Health monitoring • Housekeeping • Help with laundry and maintenance • Social and leisure activities • Provide or arrange for transportation to health care services • Respite care Care Level: Extended Congregate Care (ECC) License An ALF with an ECC license allows the ALF to maintain residents who become more frail than would be permitted with a standard license in order for the resident to “Age in Place.” Services include: • Limited nursing services and assessments • Total help with ADLs • Measurement and recording of vital signs and weight • Dietary management, incl. special diets, monitoring nutrition, food & fluid intake • Supervise residents with dementia and cognitive impairments • Provide or arrange for rehabilitative svcs • Provide escorts to medical appointments • Educational programs to promote health and prevent illness Many individuals do not need the expensive and intensive level of care provided by a nursing home, however, they cannot continue to live independently. 16 www.PolkElderCare.com


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