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How to Determine Which Levels of Care Will Be Needed in an Assisted Living Community

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Nov 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM
Betsy Fradd

How-to-Determine-Which-Levels-of-Care-Will-Be-Needed-in-an-Assisted-Living-Community_.jpgIf you're considering a move to an assisted living community, you may be confused about the levels of care that are offered. While your assisted living apartment has a fixed rate of rent, the care needed can be separate. There are different levels of care for each individual. It also possibly could change if your health declines. Level of care is determined case-by-case. Most communities use a point system to periodically evaluate each resident and the care they will require. For example, Village Green has six levels of care that ensures you will be able to live independently as long as it's feasible. Here are the basic criteria used in most assisted living communities to determine what level of care a resident requires:

Is the person able to bathe without assistance? Most home accidents happen in the bathroom, so being able to bath or shower unassisted and safely is considered for level placement. This is not necessarily a yes or no answer; some people may need minimal assistance, while others may not be able to wash at all without help.

What type(s) of medicine are they taking? This is not as easy as they take four meds currently. There is a lot that can go into making sure medicine is taken properly, paperwork for that type of medicine, and making sure it is still needed and/or the dosage amount. Also, diabetic care can be different from each person. How much insulin they need per day to making sure their sugar is at the proper level differs from each person. This is why it is so important to look at each individual separately.

Can they dress themselves properly? Getting someone else's clothes on them can be as much or little as assisting picking out the clothes, to helping them just put shoes on, to the whole outfit.

Is the resident able to groom themselves or do they need help shaving, brushing their teeth, and combing their hair? Again, there are levels to be determined by each individual.

Is the resident incontinent? Having accidents is not rare when you get up in years but it does affect the amount of care that will be required.

Does the resident need caregivers and, if so, how many hours of the day? Again, there's a big difference here as one resident may need minimal care while another needs care around the clock.

Are there signs of dementia, or early onset dementia? Those with dementia may need constant supervision and care, so their wellbeing will take a lot of time and nurturing. It may take extra training to care for those with dementia, and that will affect the overall cost as well.

Read More >> 10 Early Symptoms of Dementia

Using a level system is the best way for a campus to determine how much time each resident will need from how many staff members. This will allow administration to project their budget, payroll, and scheduling of employees so they are sure you are getting as much care as you need in your new home.

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