Assisted living—typically includes housing, medical care and meals for older adults—is expensive, starting at about $36,000 a year and going up in cost from there. While there is a variety of options, ranging from facilities with memory care wings focused on dementia care to those with income requirements to others that are high end and upscale, none focus on the participant’s continuum of care, an integrated system of providing care over time.
Families often believe assisted living will be a single source for all health services. However the essential services provided by assisted living facilities is very basic. Staff ensures participants eat well and take medication. Assisted living facilities focus inward; outside the walls of the facility is less of a concern.
This leaves out an important component: coordination with outside physicians and community services. Organizing these services ensures the participant’s needs are met throughout the continuum of care—at the assisted living facility and at services obtained in the community.
There are many other aspects to caring for an older adult, including:
- doctors appointments;
- therapy appointments; and
- personalized social programs.
Beyond the basics provided inside the assisted living facility, there’s not a lot of relief for family members who need a holistic approach to health, medical and social services found along the continuum of care. Using a holistic—the idea that healthcare looks at and is in tune with the all the needs of the participant—care coordination program provides some relief from the difficulties of caring for an older family member.
This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.