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Assisted living is a type of housing for people who need various levels of medical and personal care. Living spaces can be individual rooms, apartments, or shared quarters. The facilities generally provide a home-like setting and are physically designed to promote the resident’s independence.

 

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Assisted Living: Services Provided

The services offered by assisted-living communities vary from facility to facility. Services often include:

  • One to three meals a day
  • Monitoring of medication
  • Personal care, including dressing and bathing
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • 24-hour emergency care
  • Some medical services
  • Social and recreational activities

 

Assisted Living: Special Services For Parkinson’s Patients

Consider what services are important before you visit assisted living communities. For example:

  • Why do I want/need to change my living arrangements?
  • What daily activities do I need help with (bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, remembering medications)?
  • How often do I need help?

 

Assisted Living: General Questions Regarding Parkinson’s

  • Is the residence licensed?
  • What type of insurance does the facility carry on personal property?
  • How do they respond to medical emergencies?
  • What is the visitation policy?

 

Assisted Living: Staffing Questions For Parkinson’s

  • Is staff appropriately trained?
  • Did you receive a warm greeting from staff? Is staff personable and outgoing?
  • Is staff appropriately dressed?
  • Do staff members greet residents by their first names and interact warmly with them?
  • Is staff available to meet scheduled and unscheduled needs?
  • Is staff available to assist residents who experience memory, orientation, or judgment losses?

 

Assisted Living: Facility Design For Parkinson’s

  • Do you like the appearance of the building and its surroundings?
  • Is the decor attractive and home-like?
  • Is the floor plan easy to follow?
  • Do doorways, hallways, and rooms accommodate wheelchairs and walkers?
  • Will they allow you to use and electric scooter or wheelchair?
  • Are elevators available?
  • Handrails available to aid in walking?
  • Are cupboards and shelves easy to reach?
  • Carpets secured and floors made of a non-skid material?
  • Is there adequate natural and artificial lighting?
  • Is the residence clean, odor-free, and appropriately heated/cooled?

 

Assisted Living: Medication Protocol-Parkinson’s

  • What is the residence policy regarding storage of medication, assistance with medications, and medication record-keeping?
  • Is self-administration of medication allowed?
  • Who coordinates visits from a nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or other specialist if needed?
  • Does a doctor or nurse visit the resident regularly to provide medical checkups?

 

Assisted Living: Service Questions

Is staff available to provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living, if needed? Daily activities include:

  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Mobility
  • Hygiene and grooming
  • Bathing, toileting, and incontinence
  • Using the telephone
  • Shopping
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping in unit
  • Transportation to doctor, hairdresser or other activities

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