Understanding the Difference Between Assisted Living and Assisted Senior Care

Assisted Living and Assisted Senior Care

If your older loved one’s care needs are becoming too much to handle at home, it may be time to start looking into the different options available for care in a community setting. Not all communities are created equal, though. The type of care community you choose can make a huge difference in the level of care and comfort for your loved one.

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, there’s a huge difference between assisted living and assisted senior care in the state of Kentucky. “Many are inclined to generalize all types of senior living communities as ‘assisted living,’” shares Polly West, Executive Director at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods, an assisted senior care and memory care community in Nicholasville, KY. “However, assisted living and assisted senior care are designed for two different kinds of senior needs. It’s important to know the difference in order to choose the right kind of care that will benefit your loved one in the long-term.” 

Assisted Living vs. Assisted Senior Care: What’s the Difference? 

Families consider an array of important factors when looking for the right senior living community for their loved one. You want to find a place where they don’t have to worry about housekeeping, cooking or maintenance, they have plenty of opportunities for socializing and keeping busy, and where they have access to the right support to fit their care needs. While assisted living can meet the first two requirements, it may not be able to support your loved one as they continue to age.

According to the Kentucky Assisted Living Facilities Association (KALFA), assisted living is for seniors who primarily need the social benefits that a community provides. For example, a woman who no longer needs to live in her large house by herself and desires the company of her peers, but is generally healthy, would find her needs are met by an assisted living community. Her community could offer occasional assistance with daily living tasks, such as getting dressed or bathing, or give occasional reminders to take her medication. However, if she ever develops the need for healthcare services or higher-level support, or if she can no longer get around without help, she will need to either hire a third party to help her or find a new community. 

Assisted senior care provides the same residential care and social opportunities as assisted living, but they are licensed to provide healthcare services and higher levels of support. Assisted senior care communities are ideal for anyone who has a health condition that requires regular assistance, or for those who don’t want to worry about finding a new place to live if they should ever develop higher care needs. 

Benefits to Choosing an Assisted Senior Care Community

Assisted senior care offers residents and their families the confidence they need to face the future with peace of mind. With services that allow for an extended range of care, assisted senior care provides the ideal senior lifestyle in a number of ways:

  • Convenience – All Needs Are Met in One Place

The best assisted senior care communities implement a person-centered approach to care, ensuring that their residents experience total well-being through not only physical, but emotional, intellectual and social health as well. Assisted senior care offers services that tie all aspects of care together seamlessly. Residents can go from enjoying breakfast and a book club meeting to receiving specialized healthcare without leaving their community. Assisted living, on the other hand, can’t give residents the convenience of in-house healthcare services. A resident could hire a third party to come to their suite and provide care, but they are limited by appointment schedules and extra expenses. Otherwise, they will need to travel to their care provider to receive the necessary services.

  • Quality – Professional Staff

While the KALFA requires that assisted living communities train their staff and follow best practice regulations, there is little need for assisted living staff to be highly specialized in any medical services beyond basic healthcare. Assisted senior care communities retain trained caregivers, licensed nursing staff and associates with experience in geriatric care. Residents can be confident that, if an accident occurs or a health need arises, there is an LPN or RN in the building who can provide medical care.

  • Longevity – Services in Place to Support Advancing Needs

Residents at assisted senior care communities don’t need to worry about finding a new community to move to if their care needs increase as the years go on. Advanced care needs that require frequent transfer assistance, continence care, wound care, dining assistance and more can be met within the community. Assisted living communities require all residents to be ambulatory in order to live there, and care support beyond basic assistance with daily living tasks aren’t available, so if a resident’s needs change, it’s likely their address will have to as well.

  • Specialized Services – Opportunities for Specialized Support

Many assisted senior care communities have expanded their offerings even further to support residents with specialized needs, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. As chronic diseases like dementia become more and more common among seniors, assisted senior care communities are meeting the need for specialized memory care. Often, caregivers undergo extensive training in dementia care in order to fully understand and care for the unique needs and behaviors of Alzheimer’s residents.

Assisted Senior Care at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods 

Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods offers both assisted senior care and memory care to seniors in their community. Care plans are personalized according to each resident’s health needs, personalities and daily routines. Social events and activity programs, as well as holistic therapy services, are designed with the interests of the community’s residents in mind, so everyone has the opportunity to pursue their passions and experience the kind of senior living they desire. 

“We make it possible with The Best Friends™ Approach to care,” shares West. “An internationally recognized program, The Best Friends™ Approach emphasizes personal relationships between caregivers and residents as the optimal foundation for providing quality care. We know our residents as friends, not just bodies that fill beds, and we can customize the support they receive according to the characteristics and qualities that make them who they are. This approach allows us to give seniors and their families the greatest experience and peace of mind possible.”

If you would like to learn more about finding the right kind of care community for your loved one, contact Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods to speak to one of our friendly associates.

Live Life to the Fullest at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods

Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods is a Christian Care Community offering assisted senior care, memory care and adult day services. Located in Brannon Crossing, one of central Kentucky’s most desirable areas, Bridgepointe was designed to help families grow closer as they grow older.

At Bridgepointe, residents enjoy the privacy and dignity of living in their own apartment as well as the peace of mind that comes from the support and assistance of a special team of caregivers. In short, we help our residents live life to its fullest.

Our community is designed to promote activity, interaction, socialization and enjoyment. We offer a variety of engaging activities daily, from yoga and tai chi to gardening and arts and crafts. At Bridgepointe, there’s never a dull moment and always something to do!

Discover a rich and fulfilling lifestyle combined with personalized care and support delivered by a team of experienced professionals … all within a secure, elegantly appointed community.

We invite you to visit today and discover how Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods can change your life for the better!

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