Assisted Living Jobs in PA
Assisted living is a great option for seniors who need personalized care. It provides health assessments and intervention from skilled professionals to ensure their well-being, which can be especially challenging if they are unable or unwilling to do things like taking medication on their own because of memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease; improve independence through daily tasks such as bathing (or other personal hygiene needs), dressing in clothing suitable at all times based upon activity level–and more.
Assisted living was historically a social model that provided long-term live-in care for older adults who could no longer manage on their own and were considered “dependent” on others for assistance in activities of daily living. But with advances in health care, especially in the areas of screening and early interventions, it has become apparent that otherwise healthy people can lead quite complex lives. These people often have a great deal more independence than they allow themselves to believe, even as they demonstrate many functional impairments that can affect the quality of life.
States have differing requirements regarding who may be maintained in assisted living and who must be discharged to a setting that provides a higher level of care. A certain amount of skilled nursing can be provided in an assisted living facility, but even states that do not allow this find themselves in a quandary: Elderly people moving into assisted living are generally quite frail—most are in their 80s upon move-in—and how they present on a given day may differ greatly from how they present many months or years later. Allowing them to stay, failing to adequately assess their condition, can lead to dire consequences, such as the deterioration of health conditions and even deaths.