Florida ALFA’s (FL ALFA) membership consist of assisted living, independent living, and memory care providers. Though supportive of the care they provide, FL ALFA does not represent adult family care homes or those who care for the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled. Learn the basics about senior living options below.
Overview of Assisted Living
Assisted living is a long-term care option that combines housing, support services, and health care as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management, and transportation or assistance with bathing, dressing, or other ADLs (activities of daily living) . Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer’s, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence, or other challenges. Residents are assessed upon move in or any time there is a change in condition. The assessment is used to develop an Individualized Service Plan.
Based on the varied preferences and needs of the seniors, there are a variety of settings from which to choose. These choices range from high-rise buildings to one-story Victorian mansions to large multi-acre campuses.
Overview of Independent Living
Designed for seniors who require little or no assistance with the activities of daily living, independent living units provide services for residents such as housekeeping, laundry, and meals. Residents of independent units may have some home health care services provided by in-house staff or an outside agency. These residents pay a rental rate or monthly fee.
Residential living setting for senior adults may or may not provide hospitality or supportive services. Under this living arrangement, the senior adult leads an independent lifestyle that requires minimal or no extra assistance. Generally referred to as elderly housing in the government-subsidized environment, independent living also includes rental assisted or market rate apartments or cottages where residents usually have complete choice in whether to participate in the community’s services or programs.
Overview of Memory Care
Memory care communities can consist of a special wing of an assisted living community or as a stand alone residence. These communities have additional security, cueing devices, and other specific architectural features that keep individuals with advanced Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia safe. Memory care communities provide programming specific to the population being served and are staffed with individuals who are specifically trained to work with individuals who have some form of dementia.