A Basic Understanding of Assisted Living Services

Assisted living communities (ALF – Assisted Living Facilities) are not the same.
Here are a couple of things you should know; each provider has their own operating procedures and financial requirements.  Most do not provide skilled nursing care and each state has their own set of rules and regulations.
Commonality of what Assisted Living Communities in the State of Oregon provide, include:
– 3 meals per day, transportation for outings to medical appointment, shop and other activities within a designated mileage radius
– Weekly housekeeping – includes changing sheets and laundry of sheets and towels – personal laundry may be done at an extra charge and as a part of the care plan
– A plethora of structured social activities and events within the community
– RN on staff
– Trained care staff on site 24/7
– The ability to service a variety of care needs including assistance with bathing, dressing, transferring from a wheelchair to a bed or the bathroom, Medication management, and other common daily needs, or Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s)
The goal of an Assisted Living Community is to assist their residents to be as independent as possible, with the ability to have as little or as much assistance as needed to help them stay safe and comfortable.  It can be viewed as living in an independent or traditional apartment building, with meals and transportation provided and staff available, 24/7.
Cherie Henry, Senior Placement Specialist