We know many seniors and their families have questions about Texas independent living and assisted living communities. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions and answers.
Assisted living services provide hands on assistance with activities of daily living from a licensed caregiver are typically offered at different levels and/or by a point system. All residents are assessed by a licensed nurse prior to moving in, which ensures that their current needs can be provided in accordance with the community’s state licensing and aids in developing a customized plan that meets their needs. Fees for assisted living care are typically added to the monthly base rate, which includes a variety of lifestyle-enhancing amenities. Assisted living is a type of service in the spectrum of healthcare related services and often a stepping stone before moving to a skilled nursing or long term care facility.
At Franklin Park senior living communities, activities are designed to keep residents living independently and in an assisted living community as long as possible. Through delivery of care and engagement in activities to improve overall well-being, some residents are able to live in an Assisted Living community longer.For more information on Assisted Living care, please contact your nearest Franklin Park senior living community today.
- Medication management – medications are stored, administered and re-ordered by an Assisted Living director and staff.
- Bathing – this service can vary from standby assistance to ensure safety and balance to full assistance with washing/hygiene, drying, etc.
- Dressing – varies from standby assistance to ensure safety and balance to selecting appropriate clothing options ad physically assisting with getting dressed and undressed.
- Grooming – may include assistance with brushing or combing of hair, shaving, brushing teeth, etc.
- Toileting – may include standby assistance (transferring successfully on and off the toilet), reminders, assistance with incontinence products, hygiene after toileting, and infrequent accidents.
- Transferring – may include standby or one person assistance with moving from a bed or chair to walker or wheelchair and/or escorting to and from meals and activities.
- Wandering, aggressive, and/or inappropriate behaviors (verbal or physical) characterized by an increasing level of psychosis, dementia or Alzheimer’s.
- Inability to transfer without the assistance of two persons.
- Incontinence that cannot be managed with reminders/products and a toileting schedule.
- Sliding-scale diabetes requiring close monitoring and insulin injections administered by a licensed nurse at varying intervals.
- Intubations including all feeding tubes, PIC lines, colostomy care and other concerns that may require a skilled care level of 24/7 skilled oversight.
- Catheter – Supra pubic or long term placement.
- Wounds that are not stable or at a level higher than a stage 2.
It can be easy to use the terms Dementia and Alzheimer’s interchangeably and think they mean the same thing, when in fact they are different. This underscores the need for continued awareness and education about the two.
Dementia is an overall term for a set of symptoms, including impaired thinking and memory. It is often associated with the cognitive decline of aging. However, diseases other than Alzheimer’s can cause dementia. Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are common causes of dementia. Symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years.Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia causing as many as 50 to 70% of all dementia cases. In fact, Alzheimer’s is a very specific form of dementia. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include impaired thought, impaired speech, and confusion. This is a progressive disease that worsens over and is non-reversible. For more information on caring for a loved one with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, please contact a Franklin Park community today.
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