Assisted Living services include any and all services that ensure a residents health, safety and quality of life.
They essentially are designed to address an elderly person's limitations in the activities of daily living. Basic services are meal preparation to address nutritional needs, activities to promote social interaction, some physical fitness, including rehabilitation and physiotherapy, and housekeeping supports.
With increasing frailties, including memory failings, medication management - be it supervision or administration, is available and offered, and help with bathing and grooming becomes more important.
Memory care assistance can include “gentle reminders” and “way finding” and ‘portering” to enable these persons to get around the building. In those cases where a resident is prone to wandering, a provider may offer a specially designed secure floor or wing, with its own living and dining room.
Special activities and programs and environments that provide calming, safe environs for those with Alzheimer disease or other dementias.
Other services can include incontinence management, oxygen therapy, personal nursing care, behavioural management, feeding assistance, among others.
Most providers maintain care and service plans for their residents and, because of the more labour intensive nature of the services and supports, additional assisted living costs are passed on to the resident.