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How to Choose an Assisted Living Facility

Choosing a Texas assisted living facility.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living facilities provide individualized health and personal care assistance in a homelike setting with an emphasis on personal dignity, autonomy, independence and privacy.

The Assisted Living Federation of America defines assisted living as 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 or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation.

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.

Texas Assisted Living Licensing Standards Handbook

Source: Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

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Licensing and Types of Assisted Living

States vary, but in Texas, assisted living facilities are licensed based on residents' physical and mental ability to evacuate the facility in an emergency and whether nighttime attendance is necessary. There are two licensing types when it comes to assisted living: Type A and Type B so it's important to ask!

Type A Facility
- Provides care for residents who do not require routine attendance during sleeping hours and are capable of following directions in an emergency.

Type B Facility - For residents who require staff assistance to evacuate and who are not capable of following directions in an emergency and require nighttime attendance.

In closing, it's very important that you understand the differences so you can ask the right questions when inquiring. You'll feel better knowing you're making the best decision possible for your loved one. This knowledge also shows the facility you've done you're homework, that as a consumer and family member, you know and understand the differences.

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