Celebrating Our Assisted Living Partners
Posted: 9/22/2022 11:00 AM by
This National Assisted Living Week, we’re celebrating all of the long-term care providers and assisted living facilities that partner with Interim HealthCare. Long-term care providers consistently go above and beyond the call of duty forming strong connections with residents and their family members. It takes special people to work in this unique healthcare setting, and National Assisted Living Week is the perfect time to celebrate those who work selflessly around the clock to care for people when they need it most.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a type of community or housing development designed for people who need various levels of medical and personal care. Also commonly referred to as ALFs, these facilities provide a home-like setting and offer services that help people with daily activities.
Who Lives In An Assisted Living Facility?
People living in an assisted living facility are referred to as residents. The typical resident living in an ALF is a senior citizen who has experienced a mild decline in their overall health, often as a result of an illness, injury, or simply because of aging. However, this isn't the case for all residents–some older people choose to move to an assisted living facility simply because they want to spend less time cooking and cleaning and more time enjoying their life without doing these daily tasks.
Who Works in An Assisted Living Facility?
Every assisted living facility is different, and staffing can fluctuate based on the time of day and the number of residents that currently live there.
Though typical ALF residents don’t require around-the-clock medical care, you will likely find nurses and nursing assistants working in these facilities. A nursing team at an assisted living facility is likely to be comprised of the following:
- Registered Nurses (RN)
- Licenses Practical Nurses (LPN)
- Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
HomeCare Aides/ALF Caregivers
Do you have a passion for caring for the elderly, but don’t hold any clinical credentials or experience? HomeCare aides and assisted living caregivers don’t provide medical care to residents, however, they play a critical role in creating a safe environment for residents.
HomeCare Aides and ALF caregivers are often responsible for:
- Helping residents at mealtime
- Performing food service and cleanup duties in the dining room
- Assisting residents with wheelchairs and walkers
- Moving residents with activities of daily living, including bathing, grooming, and toileting
- Ensuring residents are living in a clean, safe, and healthy environment at all times.
What Role Does Interim HealthCare Play In Assisted Living?
You may be wondering how a homecare company like Interim HealthCare works with assisted living facilities. Let us connect the dots–assisted living facilities are the place residents call home. And though assisted living facilities don’t provide around-the-clock nursing care, some residents may still need more one-on-one attention and medical care from time to time. This is where Interim comes in.
Just like we visit patients in a traditional homelike setting following an illness, injury or extended hospital stay, our expert nurses, therapists, and aides provide the same level of medical care that ALF residents need, even though their home may look a little different. Having convenient access to licensed healthcare professionals can help prevent excessive hospital stays and emergency room visits, and allows residents to stay in their current facility longer, rather than going to a nursing home.
Your Family And Your Home Away From Home
Assisted living communities where residents live are so much more than just a facility. They are places where caregivers, residents, family members, and communities come together as an extended family and celebrate and create joyful, happy memories.
At Interim HealthCare, we have the unique opportunity to see the wonderful work that these facilities provide every day. We want to share our appreciation for all that they do and their willingness to partner with us to provide the best care possible to their residents.
Thank you for all you do! Happy National Assisted Living Week!
Think a career in assisted living could be a good option for you? Check out the opportunities we have available at Interim HealthCare.