When it is time for more care, gathering an understanding of available options is the first step to determining the right choice for your family. Many of us have heard about assisted living, but few of us truly know what it involves.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted Living is a unique level of care that is designed to provide assistance in order to allow the highest level of independence and a sustained quality of life. Examples might be: medication administration, appointment reminders, assistance with dressing and/or bathing, and meal reminders. Perhaps someone needs frequent monitoring to remain medically stable. At Lakewood we strive towards a resident centered, social model of care. That means that, as much as possible, we want the resident to tell us what they would like to do and when they choose to do it. It is important for staff to know someone’s routine, likes & dislikes, so those things can be honored.
The staff of Assisted Living is friendly, courteous & compassionate. They love what they do, and that is evident as they care for our residents. There are licensed nurses & Certified Nursing Assistants on duty 24 hours a day, assuring that someone is always available for every need.
If someone is no longer able to find their way around our campus and may become lost, they may benefit from our memory support area. This area has a dedicated Program Coordinator who assists staff and designs programs specifically targeted at maintaining residents’ cognitive abilities. The program is designed around residents’ capabilities in a safe secure environment.
When researching options for additional care, such as assisted living, it is best to gather all of the information about the community and how they care for your individual needs. As you consider additional care needs, what questions do you have?
About the Author
Laurie Youndt, Assisted Living Administrator for Lakewood Manor. Laurie is responsible for managing our assisted living program at Lakewood to ensure a high level of personalized care for residents.