Understanding Assisted Living Levels of Care

A Complete Guide to Assisted Living Levels of Care

If you are considering moving into a new community, you may have heard of the varying assisted living levels of care. Most assisted living facilities and Life Plan Communities offer various levels of care based on your specific needs. The options available to you range from everyday activities such as hygiene to moving around your home.

Learn more about the different levels of care and how they can benefit you by reading on.

About Assisted Living

Living in an assisted living community allows you to maintain your independence while receiving the necessary support for everyday tasks. Most people think that assisted living is only for those with terminal illnesses or disabilities, but that’s far from the truth. As a result, many families take it upon themselves to take care of their family members at home. 

Assisted living, however, allows you or your family members to receive the extended care needed to prevent burnout and family imbalance. Apart from offering support to you and your family, assisted living can also offer you a better quality of life. As well as providing 24/7 medical care, Seafields provides a high ratio of staff to residents. With the help of our licensed nurses and nursing assistants, your loved one can complete daily tasks in a way that may not be possible with family care. In light of this, let us examine the various levels of care that are available to you in an assisted living community.

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Assisted Living Levels of Care

State regulations and licenses typically govern and regulate the three levels of care in assisted living facilities. Most facilities use a three-level system for breaking down care and pricing, although specific facilities may use a different system.

Lower Levels of Care

Those at level one require a low level of care and may require help with their daily living activities on occasion. In addition to having good mobility, these residents can manage their personal hygiene well. Nevertheless, they may need assistance with laundry, housekeeping, medication, and bathing. A resident living at level two requires moderate assistance with daily activities, such as shaving, transferring (getting on and off the toilet), and dressing. 

In order to provide this level of care, caregivers usually provide one-to-one assistance to residents, which requires adequate staffing. Fortunately, at Seafields, our staff to resident ratio is excellent, and all staff are thoroughly screened and trained in accordance with our policies.

Higher Levels of Care

As residents move into level three assisted living care, they typically require extensive, hands-on assistance in order to carry out their daily activities. As compared to the other two levels of care, this resident is likely to suffer from a greater number of challenging and multiple ailments. They may even suffer from mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Therefore, primary caregivers will have to provide even more supervision and care to these residents. 

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When a resident’s health continues to weaken and they require constant nursing care, they may be moved to a skilled nursing facility with more specialized, skilled services, such as a memory care facility.

What is Memory Care?

For people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, memory care is a kind of specialized support. In most communities, residents live in safe and secure environments where staff can closely monitor their health. The memory care community also offers residents with a variety of programs, activities, and events designed to enhance their cognitive abilities. 

Additionally, it provides them with opportunities to pursue their passions and hobbies. Staff members are typically trained to provide quality care for seniors with memory impairment. At this level of care, the patient receives extensive hands-on assistance with several activities of daily living throughout the day, including toileting, bathing, and communicating. 

Moreover, communities provide programming that addresses the specific needs of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the early, middle and late stages.

Discover Your Assisted Living Options at Seafields

With a variety of care options to choose from, assisted senior living communities can offer many benefits to retirees. In order to ensure the wellness of our residents, Seafields provides a wide range of luxurious amenities that promote healthy living, socialization, and an overall sense of well-being. Our community provides 16 spacious assisted living residences, which are designed to mirror the look and square footage of the independent living accommodations, so you do not need to worry about downsizing your living space as your care needs increase. 

In addition to serving as a resource for our residents, our professionally trained and highly qualified staff is available 24 hours a day. You can take advantage of the concierge services offered by Seafields to explore your neighborhood and make the most of your new community. If you feel that you would make a great addition to our community, click the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!