Assisted Living Services—Understanding Levels of Care

As your mother or father ages, various elements of his or her lifestyle will evolve and change.

From a growing collection of adorable grandchildren to more time to invest in hobbies and interests, there’s a range of exciting aspects about the next phase of life.  

No matter what stage of life your loved one is experiencing, there are a few variables that should always stay the same—his or her safety, dignity, and quality of life.

Assisted living services are a popular option for many families with aging parents and grandparents who could benefit from a safe, welcoming, and engaging environment.

However, delving into the exploration process can be daunting if you don’t feel as if you have a basic understanding of the services and care levels offered within assisted living communities.

In this post, we’ll provide you with a helpful overview of the levels of care in senior living and how to determine the best fit for your loved one.

Levels of Care in Assisted Living

First things first–if your loved one needs intensive medical care, consider choosing a nursing home.

With 24-hour supervision and skilled medical services, skilled nursing delivers the necessary care for individuals who need an elevated level of consistent care.

Nursing homes are also an option for those who seek short-term rehabilitation after a hospital stay or a decline in health.  

On the other hand, assisted living services are ideal if your parent doesn’t have quite as many medical needs or require 24-hour supervision.

Each assisted living community has a way of structuring and determining the appropriate level of care for residents.

It does this by creating levels of care.

Certain residents may be extremely independent and simply wish to live in a community with exciting activities and social opportunities available just a few steps away from their home.

Others will require a higher level of care within the offered assisted living services, including help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and moving from one room to another.

In addition, memory care is another common offering for residents who struggle with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Determining the Best Fit

You may not know where your mother or father falls on the spectrum of care.

Not to worry! There’s no need to wonder how to pinpoint the best option for your loved one.

Most assisted living communities offer an assessment to help you determine the appropriate level of care for your loved one.

At The Ashford, we use the following process to help you make the best care level decision and craft a care plan for your parent…

  1. First, we collaborate with you and your loved one’s doctors to identify key needs, such as medication management or assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs).
  2. From there, we work with you to identify which care level your parent needs and craft a plan of care that addresses the unique needs of your mother or father.
  3. Finally, using the plan of care, our staff complements your parent’s day with corresponding care. As our staff of nursing team members and personal caregivers discovers more about your loved one’s preferences, we’ll continue to refine and adapt how we support your loved one.

In the process of crafting the plan of care, we use a point system to determine which level of care your parent requires.

While we offer four levels of care, this point system allows us to flexibly tailor our care to your loved one’s needs—whether Mom requires assistance with medication management or help getting ready for the day.

To pinpoint which level of care is best, we’ll give your loved one an assessment. (To learn more simply contact The Ashford on Broad in Columbus, Ohio, or The Ashford of Mt. Washington in Cincinnati, Ohio.)

When exploring various senior living care levels, you may be worried by the prices of various communities—some of which can easily creep into the $4,000 to $5,000 monthly range.

Not to worry—read our previous post What Is Affordable Assisted Living? to learn more about quality care options that fall in line with your parent’s budget.