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Who Qualifies for Assisted Living?

If you have an older loved one who needs consistent care, you’ve likely heard of assisted living. Assisted living offers care between independent living and full-time nursing care in a home-like and community setting with access to 24/7 care and support. It can change their lives by supporting their independence and autonomy. But who qualifies for assisted living?

To qualify for assisted living in Oklahoma, residents must be:

  • 55 or older
  • Be certified by the state as requiring a nursing home-level of care
  • Be able to live independently with assistance

Residency and citizenship requirements must also be met, with applicants needing to be Oklahoma residents and either US citizens or have proper immigration status.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a type of care provided in senior living communities. In these communities, residents have the freedom to live in townhouses or apartments they can call their own while having access to a dedicated team of trained caregivers.

It’s ideal for those who can’t or choose not to live alone anymore. The compassionate teams in these communities are there to lend a hand with daily activities such as dressing, bathing, and cleaning so your loved one can enjoy a higher quality of life while receiving the assistance they need.

Assisted living offers a comfortable and supportive environment where seniors can maintain independence and receive the required care.

Each resident receives a customized care plan tailored to their unique situation. Most communities offer a range of programs, services, and amenities like:

  • Nutritious meals
  • Transportation services
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Religious gatherings, groups, and services
  • Medication management
  • Fitness and wellness programs
  • Social and recreational activities
  • 24-hour security and emergency response

Many assisted living communities even have on-site libraries, salons, and other services so residents can live happy and well cared for.

Who Is Assisted Living For?

Imagine that you’ve lived in your home for years, but as you get older, the yard work is becoming too hard on your joints, it’s difficult to go up and down the stairs, cooking is demanding, or the housework is challenging.

Assisted living exists to help with these situations. It’s perfect for those who find household chores too frustrating or that living alone is becoming problematic or lonely. It’s designed to give a hand with daily activities so residents can live a happy, healthy life—without being overbearing and stripping them of their independence.

These communities promote independence and dignity so residents can still have control over their lives. And they offer the care needed so every resident can live safely and comfortably.

There’s a catch, though—residents can’t require around-the-clock care. If a person needs more advanced medical help, they’ll likely be advised to seek a different level of care.

Can a Senior with Dementia Move to Assisted Living?

If your loved one is going through cognitive decline, you might be wondering if they can transition to assisted living with dementia. Well, it’s a complex answer. But, the good news is that many communities provide support tailored for individuals with dementia. 

At Sommerset Neighborhood, we offer specialized memory care services in our Level 4 program. We understand the unique needs of those with dementia, and our dedicated team is here to provide personalized assistance and create a safe, supportive environment.

How to Tell if a Loved One Qualifies for Assisted Living

If you’re considering assisted living for a loved one, it starts with considering their physical and mental health:

  • Assess their ability to perform their daily activities like bathing, dressing, and cleaning.
  • Determine their cognitive state. It can help to speak with a doctor to determine if your loved one is living with some form of memory impairment.
  • Think about their overall health and wellness. Are they dealing with any chronic conditions that may require regular medical care, or are they mostly healthy?
  • Consider their social needs. If your loved one feels isolated, lonely, or secluded, assisted living may be an ideal way to provide them with social opportunities.
  • Determine whether or not they’re safe in their current home. Are they at risk of falls or other accidents?

If your loved one needs a hand with some daily things but doesn’t require advanced medical care, assisted living could be an excellent option. Memory care may be ideal if they’re experiencing memory impairment and can’t handle their daily tasks.

Remember: these communities exist to help your loved one maintain a higher quality of life in their golden years. Assisted living is the right move if a potential resident is cognitively strong and doesn’t need advanced care.

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Finding the right community for your loved one can make a world of difference in their golden years. At Sommerset Neighborhood, we’re committed to providing a warm, welcoming environment where residents feel at home. Why not come and see for yourself? Contact us today and discover the vibrant, caring community that awaits.

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