What is assisted living and how does it help a person with dementia or you as the carer?
These are some of the questions you may ask when first considering help in the form of assisted living.
Sometimes an individual may be unable to fully cope on their own because of an accident or medical condition that inhibits daily living. This is when you could call on others to help you or somebody else to do tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.
We take a look at different kinds of assisted living that are available if somebody is suffering from dementia and how you can get the best out of this help.
What is assisted living?
The term “Assisted living” is a very broad term which can cover many care situations in many ways to many people.
Generally it is where a person with dementia or disability, receives help with anything from cleaning their own home right through to help with day-to-day living needs like washing and dressing care or shopping. These tasks may be unable to be carried out fully if they were expected to do them on their own.
Assisted living is usually given to people with dementia who do not need 24 hour a day medical care that is provided in a nursing or residential home but they may need help and assistance in some way to help with everyday tasks to give the person a better quality of life, usually in their own home or environment.
Who provides the assisted living?
Depending on what stage the dementia is at in a person, or the degree of disability, help will vary according to the care needs the person requires to ensure they live fully and that their welfare and wellbeing are kept to a good standard.
If the person is living in a residential care home, usually the care home will have provisions in place to provide help with the needs the individual will require.
If the person is living in their own home then outside organisations may provide help and give assistance with the needs the person or carer will require. The greatest amount of assisted living is provided by family members and friends. But sometimes this can be too much for one person to do or work and other family commitments don’t allow the person to be fully cared for so help often comes via local social services and local councils.
Service providers such as social services and local councils usually have services in place to provide assisted living to people with early stages of dementia in their own homes but help can also be provided from charitable groups such as AgeUK or one of the fantastic support organisations like Alzheimer’s Society.
Ways in which a person can be helped with assisted living
- Washing and dressing
- Medical needs such as prompting and taking medication
- Paying bills
Products to help the dementia carer and sufferer with assisted living
If you are caring for a person who needs help to continue to live safely in their own home there are products available to help make your work a little easier.
These can range from alarm monitors for the person’s home to warn you if a person is leaving their home or wanders, right through to aides to help with bathing. There is a long list of products that can help with assisted living.