An assisted living facility is incredibly useful for anyone who requires care during the day. For example: When it comes to an individual’s needs, an assisted living arrangement can offer intermittent nursing care to the resident by keeping tabs on their health and making sure they are taking their medication. To make matters even better, many assisted living arrangements offer different types of care that cater to the occupant’s needs.
The Rights of the Residents
An assisted living arrangement allows occupants to keep their independence (as long as they possibly can) in such an environment that encourages safety, privacy, dignity, autonomy, community involvement, and family. In the event of temporary incapacity, the assisted living occupant can remain in the facility or be readmitted once the outside services have been contacts. Even in situations whereas death is near, the assisted living facility allows the occupant to reside at the facility – if the facility can provide the services that the occupant requires.
As far as general rights for assisted living facilities, the rules for resident treatment include:
- All residents are treated with respect and dignity.
- All residents continue religious practices (or abstain from them).
- All residents are free from abuse and neglect.
- All residents are free to interact with individuals who reside outside and inside of the facility.
- All residents are entitled to their privacy.
- All residents receive receipt of their health-related evaluations and medical needs.
- All residents are given representation in residential councils.
- All residents are allowed use of their personal possessions.
- All residents are allowed to control their finances.
In addition to what’s above, many assisted living facilities allow residents to have overnight guests, receive visitors at any hour of the day, keep small pets, consume alcohol, and use tobacco.
Assisted Living Services & Arrangements
Many assisted living facilities are almost no different than a private or semi-private apartment. Although assisted living arrangements vary by location/state, their facilities can include services such as:
- Daily living assistance (eating, dressing, bathing, etc.)
- Three meals each day.
- Educational programs.
- Emergency call systems in common and private areas.
- Physical fitness activities.
- Maintenance and housekeeping.
- Recreational activities.
- Religious activities and social services.
- Non-personal/personal laundry services.
- 24-hour security.