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Understanding Type A & B Assisted Care

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With the baby boomers rapidly approaching retirement age (and those with aging parents) it seems like more and more are turning to assisted living for assistance. These individuals who are no longer able to do all of the things they once could need assistance taking care of things for them.

If you are looking for a facility for your loved one you want to make sure you get somewhere that is going to provide them with the care and compassion they deserve. There is so much to learn that it can become a bit overwhelming.

You donít want just anyone taking care of your loved one. You want someone who has ample experience in the field to make sure the job is done right. The last thing you want is your family member to be a victim of abuse or neglect. Make sure to ask more about the staff members' background.

  • What training do they have?

  • How long have they been working in the field?

  • Do they have a clean background?

All of these things are crucial when it comes to choosing the perfect assisted living home for someone you know and love.

Find assisted living facilities in the following Texas cities:

Amarillo, Austin, Bee Cave, Cedar Park, Conroe
Fort Worth, Frisco, Georgetown, Irving, Katy
League City, Leander, Mansfield, Midland, Plano
Richmond
, Round Rock, San Angelo, Schertz


Type A and B Licensure

In a Type A facility a resident must be physically and mentally capable of evacuating the facility unassisted. This may include the mobile non-ambulatory persons such as those who are in wheelchairs or electric carts and have the capacity to transfer and evacuate themselves in an emergency. This resident does not require routine attendance during nighttime sleeping hours and must be capable of following directions under emergency conditions.

In a Type B facility a resident may require staff assistance to evacuate and may be incapable of following directions under emergency conditions. They may require attendance during nighttime sleeping hours. The resident may not be permanently bedfast, but may require assistance in transferring to and from a wheelchair.

In Texas, type B assisted living communities are licensed to offer care for seniors with memory loss or limited mobility.

Sizes Personal Care Homes by Definition
Small - Small facilities are defined as those with 16 residents or less.
Large - Large facilities are defined as those with 17 residents or more.

Remember, when finding a personal care home keep in mind that in the state of Texas, they are licensed according to size, type and building safety features so be sure to ask what type of license they have. Some personal care homes host three or fewer residents, and therefore, do not require licensing.

Another key thing to think about is whether there is someone there who can care for your loved ones around the clock. You donít want something to happen in the middle of the night and not have someone there who can help. This could end up leaving your loved one severely injured, paralyzed or possibly even dead.

You need to make sure that the facility has the proper care on hand at all times. This way you know that your loved one will always be okay, even if something happens at three in the morning.

You also want to know that your loved one is able to partake in different activities. You donít want them sitting around and doing nothing. You want to make sure they are able to do something they will enjoy. Whether it is playing cards, taking a walk or enjoying their favorite music, everyone deserves to have fun and enjoy spending time with their loved ones.

By taking the time to look through the different things above, you can make sure that your loved one is going to get everything they need and more with the facility you choose.

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