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The Past, Present and Future of Senior Assisted Living Facilities

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As your loved one ages, you worry about their future and their care. With more people having to work, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find elder caregivers for them. Seniors typically want to maintain their lifestyle and dignity as long as possible. Senior living facilities are designed to allow them to do just that. Here, we take a look at the past, present and future of senior living facilities.

Evolution of care in assisted living

Until the 1970's, seniors only had two options when it came to their senior care services. They could either have medical providers or family members care for them at home, or they could enter a nursing home. Families didn't like the second option because nursing homes weren't considered the best places to be. It was said that nursing home patients were often mistreated and neglected. They didn't seem to get the care they needed. Basically, it was known as the place they went to die.

After having to decide for senior care for her mother, Dr. Keren Brown Wilson thought of different options. She figured out what the cons of nursing homes were and came up with the idea for assisted facilities.

After a few years of work, the first facility was opened in 1981 in Portland, Oregon and was named Park Place. For the first time, seniors had rooms with doors that locked. They had staff around the clock for care if needed and community areas for their social life. Seniors weren't called patients anymore but were considered residents. They could get help with things like cooking or transportation but had the freedom to handle other things on their own. There was a medical staff on hand if there were medical emergencies.

Misconceptions about senior living communities

There have been several misconceptions about senior living facilities that are not true. One misconception is that a resident can't have a pet. In most senior caregiving facilities, they are allowed to have a cat or small dog. Some facilities have community pets that the residents share.

It is thought by some that it is more expensive to live in a facility than have senior care at home. While most seniors have their home paid off by this time, there are still expenses. The utility bills still have to be paid. There is homeowners insurance, property taxes, upkeep of the home and property and meals to buy. Senior living communities provide meals, entertainment, and all utilities. They also cover physical and occupational therapy, memory care and medical care if needed. If they receive senior care at home, medicare may not cover all of these expenses, and the rest will come out of the senior's pocket.

Safety is an issue many are concerned about. Facilities have trained staff on the property 24 hours a day. There are also fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and sprinkler systems that are working around the clock. Some facilities have guards on the grounds for extra security.

Finally, many believe living in a facility means giving up their independence. On the contrary, the facilities were created to help them maintain their independence as long as they possibly can. Many seniors actually have a longer, healthier life because they are able to do this.

Predictions on the future of assisted living

Different ideas have been predicted on the future of senior living. Here, we have included some of the top predictions.

1.Facilities will be eco-friendly.

2.Nursing homes will continue to decline.

3.They will offer facilities with lifestyle perks like LGBT and Asian-American lifestyles.

4.Technology will be added like personal care robots.

5.Senior living and healthcare industries will converge.

These are just a few of the predictions for the future of assisted living. It is believed that as more facilities modernize, more individuals will choose them as their home for the future. Contact Watermark of Gulf Breeze today for additional information.