Elements of an Assisted Living Facility

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Bruno D’Uva leads as chief operating officer (COO) of Signature Senior Services, through which he facilitates the development of new care facilities. Bruno D’Uva is currently overseeing the development of three new projects, one of which is a high-end assisted living residence.

Assisted living facilities allow an individual to receive support for activities of daily living (ADLs), while remaining as independent as possible. Their function is thus different from the traditional nursing home, where residents most often require 24-hour care. In an assisted living facility, residents can go about their day without supervision yet need help with such personal care tasks as bathing, dressing, and toileting.

To create a homelike environment, assisted living facilities typically house residents in private studio or one-bedroom apartments. Housekeeping, including laundry, is likely to be available, as is support for medication management. Most facilities also offer a community dining area where each resident can enjoy healthful balanced meals in a social environment. Organized recreational activities further help to increase resident engagement.

Because assisted living is by its nature a flexible arrangement, the array of services can vary dramatically between one facility and the next. Some feature specialized memory care options, while others target a particular cultural or religious community. Certain communities may include transportation and specific wellness services.

It is important for each family to carefully consider the services offered by a particular facility and match those offerings to their loved one’s needs. Facility personnel can and should be able to answer questions about the community itself, while explaining to families how they protect each resident’s safety and individual rights.