Assisted Living & Elder Care Services
Because older adults and seniors require increased health care, therapy, and personal care assistance due to permanent disabilities such as Alzheimer's, they need to know they can rely on the expertise of qualified professionals.
Those who work in the elder services business, whether at a nursing home, community center, or residential convalescent home, need to have the utmost patience in dealing with young and old adults. They should have a gentle demeanor, along with excellent interpersonal communication skills, as they often have to deal with a patient's family members on a regular basis.
Nurses must go through a two or four year nursing school, depending on the degree desired. Occupational therapists, who use hands-on help to rehabilitate disabled individuals, must attend an accredited program, receiving a bachelor's of science degree in OT before taking the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.
Adults and seniors who need more involved care from elder services and can't live independently may be best off in an assisted living facility, convalescent home, nursing home, or hospital-affiliated clinical setting. Some are targeted towards long term care for Alzheimer's patients, while others focus on day programs, such as meals and social activities. Others need in-home hospice care.
Each facility offers something different in terms of services and organization, and costs can run the spectrum from cheap to expensive depending on the living conditions, services, medical staff and amenities. Referrals are often needed. Final cost also depends on insurance provider and Medicare coverage, placement requirements, availability, eligibility, and retirement plans. Those who want to obtain an apartment for their loved ones as will most often speak first with a receptionist, who is often the friendly face of the company. He or she can outline rates and offerings, and even give tours of the program, agency, or facility.