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Almond Blossom Assisted Living Services

An Overview

What is Assisted Living?

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.

Assisted Living Today — A Brief Overview of Senior Living Care

Assisted living is a residential alternative to nursing home care. There are 36,000+ assisted living communities nationwide serving more than one million seniors. A relatively new concept twenty-five years ago, today assisted living is the most preferred and fastest growing long-term care option for seniors.

Assisted living is regulated in all 50 states. Based on the varied preferences and needs of the elderly, there are a variety of settings from which to choose. These choices range from high-rise buildings to one-story Victorian mansions to large multi-acre campuses. All settings offer 24-hour care and supervision for those who need assistance. Care is provided with dignity and respect.

While the majority of assisted living residents today -86.2%- pay from their personal financial resources, 41 states offer "home and community-based waivers" that allow low-income residents to live in assisted living. Also, more seniors are purchasing long-term care insurance to help plan for and finance their long-term care needs.

While many of today's baby boomers are primarily concerned with finding the right assisted living community for their aging parents and relatives, these 74 million boomers will be the next generation of assisted living residents. Innovations in technology and research will improve the existing model in years to come.


The philosophy of assisted living is to provide personalized, resident-centered care in order to meet individual preferences and needs. Assisted living treats all residents with dignity, provides privacy and encourages independence and freedom of choice. Residents' families and friends are encouraged to get involved in the assisted living community.

Is Assisted Living Regulated?

Assisted living is regulated in all 50 states. State regulations generally address the mandatory services a senior living residence must provide. All settings offer 24-hour care and supervision for those who need assistance. Care is provided with dignity and respect.

Freedom of Choice

The most progressive state regulations take cues from consumers and focus on protecting consumers in a way that provides the most choice and independence possible.

Typical Services Offered

Assisted living residences provide more services than independent living communities. They offer a less-expensive, residential approach to delivering many of the same services available in skilled nursing homes, either by employing health-care staff or contracting with home health agencies and other outside professionals.

  • Access to health care and medical services customized to specific needs.
  • 24-hour emergency call systems for each resident.
  • Three meals a day served in dining area, as well as housekeeping and laundry services.
  • Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking as needed.
  • Transportation, exercise and wellness programs.

Based on the varied preferences and needs of the elderly, there are a variety of settings from which to choose. These choices range from high-rise buildings to one-story neighborhood homes to large multi-acre campuses.

Why Choose Assisted Living?

Assisted living is often viewed as the best of both worlds. Residents have as much independence as they want with the knowledge that personal care and support services are available should they need them. Assisted living communities are designed to provide residents with assistance for basic ADLs (activities of daily living) such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and more. Some states also allow assisted living to offer medication assistance and/or reminders. Assisted living communities differ from nursing homes in that they don't offer complex medical services.

Assisted living communities range from a stand alone residence to being one level of care in a CCRC (continuing care retirement community). The physical environment of an assisted living location is often more appealing to both potential residents and their families. These communities offer a more home-like atmosphere with apartment styles that typically include studio and one bedroom models. Kitchenettes usually feature a small refrigerator and microwave.

How Are They Paid?

Assisted living is typically paid for from private funds, but there are a few exceptions. Some long-term care insurance policies cover licensed assisted living. Check your loved one's insurance policy to see if it is covered. In a limited number of states, Medicaid funds and waivers are available to help with assisted living costs.

How Are They Regulated?

Assisted living is regulated at the state level. Because of that, every state has their own policies that define and regulate what care and services are required for an assisted living community to meet the state standards.

Almond Blossom Connected Care

Almond Blossom Senior Care has a caregiver to resident ratio of 1:6 and as low as 1:3 allowing the needs of our residents to be met immediately. Waiting for assistance rarely happens at Almond Blossom.

This extremely low ratio allows residents to live life similar to that which they had at home, flexible with their unique desires, wants and needs while being taken care of in a safe, supportive healthy environment.

Through our Connected Care philosophy, health conscious, professional relationships are formed between the administration at Almond Blossom, caregivers, residents, their families and the physician. When we surround our residents with support and clear communication we are able to maximize their physical and mental health. Should problems arise, necessary changes are quickly communicated to families and their physicians.

Each resident has an individual plan of care developed to meet his or her specific needs. It will incorporate continuous care and observations for changes in physical, mental, emotional, social functioning and personal preferences and beliefs as well as assistance with medical, dental and other health needs.

When you live in a Connected Care environment, stress and anxiety are reduced, thereby allowing healing and growth to occur.

The Research

Research suggests that creating positive emotional experiences for Alzheimer's patients diminishes distress and behavior problems.

In fact, science is weighing in on many aspects of care for dementia patients, and applying evidence-based research to what used to be considered subjective and ad hoc.

With no effective medical treatment for Alzheimer's as of yet, most dementia therapy is the caregiving performed by families and nursing homes.

According to Lisa P. Gwyther, education director for the Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Duke University, "There's actually better evidence and more significant results in caregiver interventions than there is in anything to treat this disease so far."

Techniques include using food, scheduling, art, music and exercise to generate positive emotions; engaging patients in activities that salvage fragments of their skills; thereby also helping caregivers to be more accepting and effective.

New research suggests emotion persists after cognition deteriorates. In a University of Iowa study, people with brain damage producing Alzheimer's-like amnesia, viewed film clips evoking tears and sadness ("Sophie's Choice," "Steel Magnolias"), or laughter and happiness (Bill Cosby, "America's Funniest Home Videos"). Six minutes later, participants had trouble recalling the clips. But 30 minutes later, emotion evaluations showed they still felt sad or happy, often more than participants with normal memories. The more memory-impaired patients retained stronger emotions. Justin Feinstein, the lead author of the study, and an advanced neuropsychology doctoral student, said the results suggest behavioral problems could stem from sadness or anxiety that patients cannot explain.