What to Expect from Assisted Living Care

assisted living facilities and care Grand Rapids MIAssisted living care is different from retirement communities and nursing homes.

While retirement communities are for people who are living independently and nursing homes are for those who require extensive medical care, assisted living care communities takes the advantages of each environment to give you or your loved one the best of both worlds.

At Crossroads Eldercare Planning, our retirement community experts dedicate ourselves to helping people just like you in the West Michigan area find the right place for them to spend the next chapter in their life.

Residents are Mostly Independent

Assisted living care
is not the same thing as nursing home care. In nursing homes communities, the residents require 24-hour care and are often bedridden or not able to walk by themselves.

assisted living services in Grand Rapids and West MichiganAn assisted living care facility gives you or your loved one enough independence and personal care so that they can age in place for as long as possible. For example, the staff may help residents with daily activities such as bathing or dressing. This is different from nursing home residents who need help with all daily activities.

You or your loved one is also afforded more privacy by living in their own apartment-style dwelling, as opposed to sharing a room in a nursing home. This not only gives you or your loved one more space,but also helps maintain independence as much as possible. Since each assisted living care facility offers a different level of elderly care, it is important to ask about the care services they provide should you or your loved one’s needs change.

Different Facilities Offer Different Levels of Care

It’s important to know that not all assisted living care communities offer the same level of elderly care. This depends much on their licensing. To learn more information on what specific services a facility offers,feel free to ask either us or the eldercare facility you are interested in.

Listed below are the different types of care often provided through assisted living care services:

  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Transportation
  • Medication Management
  • Assistance with Dressing
  • Assistance with Bathing
  • Assistance with Hygiene Activities (brushing teeth, brushing hair, shaving, etc.)


Pets are Allowed

For most assisted living care communities, you are able to bring your pets with you. However, similar to living in an apartment, there are usually some restrictions put in place for the type of pet you can own, as well as a weight limit. Before choosing an assistant living care group, be sure to ask about their pet policy as some places only allow pets on a case-by-case basis.

If you are interested in talking to one of our compassionate team members about the best assisted living option for either you or a loved one, feel free to contact our Grand Rapids assisted living consultants at (616) 485-3365. At Crossroads Eldercare Planning, you can depend on our eldercare planning knowledge of the best assisted living facilities in the area to help you make smart decisions for the future.