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assisted living homesWhat does “assisted living” mean? Who is assisted living for? How do you pay for it? Our experts at Bethany Village deliver the answers.

What it Means

Assisted living refers to a retirement community where residents need a little extra help to complete the tasks of daily living. Many communities, like Bethany Village, offer a continuum of care on the same campus. This means that you can join our independent living community while you are still able to get around on your own, then transition to our assisted living community on the same campus if you need a little help. When and if you need the help of a nursing home for whatever reason –  whether it be long illness or injury – we can accommodate you here as well. At whatever phase of life you’re in, choosing a continuing care community ensures that you are always in a warm and familiar environment near friends and family.

Who It’s For

Assisted living is perfect for those who need support with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, medication management, and light housekeeping. As we become older, we may become forgetful or lose some of our mobility, but all of us still want to enjoy living freely. This is why assisted living is such a popular option. Seniors can get the help they need to live more independently, and loved ones can rest assured that their parents or grandparents are living in safety and comfort.

How to Pay

While nursing home care is covered by Medicare and Medicaid, both independent and assisted living facilities do require residents to self-pay. However, many residents find that the security, care, and peace of mind that these communities offer are well worth the investment. Funding for assisted living residencies can come from any source, including income, savings, support from family members, veteran’s benefits, reverse mortgages, or home equity. An assisted living option may also be cheaper than home healthcare in the long run, so be sure to explore your options.

When to Go

Is it time for you to explore assisted living options for yourself or a loved one? We all need a little help now and then. When you begin to have concerns about your safety, or the safety of a loved one, start looking at assisted living communities in your area. Not only will you receive personalized help for completing daily tasks, but you have the ability to request less or more help as you need it. Every community understands that some days are better than others!

You can also learn more about assisted living by visiting the Pavilion at Bethany Village.

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