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Exploring Different Types of Assisted Living: Finding the Best Fit

For seniors and their families, assisted living bridges the gap between independent living and more intensive care services. 

Residents get the opportunity to live as independently as possible, with the assurance that assistance is available when needed.

Choosing an assisted living community is a significant decision, and at The Kensington Redondo Beach, we understand the importance of providing care and excellence in every aspect. 

While other communities may offer standard services, The Kensington Redondo Beach goes above and beyond, setting new standards in quality, comfort, and overall well-being.

Our promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.

The growing need for assisted living 

The number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to nearly double over the next three decades, intensifying the demand for senior care solutions such as assisted living.

Assisted living is not just a residential option; it’s a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for seniors by providing them with a perfect blend of independence and assistance.

This approach ensures that our elderly loved ones can enjoy their golden years with dignity, surrounded by support and care.

Navigating the world of assisted living can be overwhelming, but with the right information, you can make informed decisions tailored to your loved ones’ unique needs.

Type of assisted living 

Assisted living is a broad term encompassing various residential options for seniors who need some level of assistance with daily activities. 

Independent living communities

Designed for seniors who are self-sufficient but prefer community living. 

  • Features: Often include private apartments or condos, communal dining services, recreational areas, and organized social activities.
  • Benefits: Offers community, reduced home maintenance responsibilities, and an active lifestyle.
  • Statistics: By 2030, it’s projected that 20% of the U.S. population will be aged 65 and over, driving demand for communal senior living options.

Assisted living communities

A combination of housing, personalized support services, and healthcare for those who need assistance with daily activities but not intensive medical supervision.

  • Features: Private or shared living spaces, assistance with daily tasks, and on-site medical staff.
  • Benefits: Enables semi-independent living with the assurance of assistance when needed and a sense of community among residents.

Memory care communities

Memory care is specialized care for individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory challenges.

  • Features: Structured routines, secured environments, and staff trained in memory care. At Redondo Beach, we provide specialized programming like Music Therapy, Recreational Therapy, and Positive Approach to Care Dementia skills.
  • Benefits: Provides a safe environment tailored to the challenges of those with memory impairments, with activities designed to enhance memory and cognition.

Nursing homes

Also known as skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes provide a high level of medical care for seniors who need it the most.

  • Features: Round-the-clock medical supervision, rehabilitation services, and communal living spaces.
  • Benefits: Offers continuous medical care, a structured environment, and activities for physical and cognitive health.

Factors to consider when choosing a senior living community 

Selecting the right community for your loved one is a decision that significantly impacts an individual’s quality of life, well-being, and happiness. 

If possible, your loved one should be involved in this discussion as much as possible. Transitioning to a senior community well before a crisis occurs can benefit your loved one in many ways.

Key factors to consider

  • Location: Consider the community’s proximity to family, friends, hospitals, and other essential amenities. 
  • Cost: Assisted living communities can vary widely in cost based on location, size, and the services they offer. Understand all costs involved, check for hidden fees, and evaluate the methods of payment accepted.
  • Care services: Examine the staff-to-resident ratio, their qualifications, and the range of medical and personal care services offered. 
  • It’s essential to ensure the community can cater to the specific needs of the individual, both now and as they evolve.
  • Amenities and activities:  Look at the recreational, social, and wellness activities available.
  • The Kensington Redondo Beach’s robust activity calendar can enhance a resident’s quality of life and foster social interaction.
  • Safety and security: Ensure the community has measures in place to guarantee residents’ safety regarding health emergencies and general security. 

At The Kensington Redondo Beach, we offer: 

  • Secure entrances and exits
  • Emergency call systems in resident rooms
  • Video surveillance in common areas
  • Regular safety drills for both staff and residents
  • 24/7 on-site staff
  • Fall prevention measures in rooms and common areas

Steps to finding the best assisted living community 

Finding the perfect assisted living community for your loved one isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s about ensuring a home where they can be cared for, respected, and cherished.

Online research is an indispensable tool. However, always approach information with a discerning eye, evaluating the credibility of sources to ensure you’re basing decisions on accurate and trustworthy data.

What else should you consider?

1. Care needs

What are the specific medical or daily needs that should be addressed? Involve your loved one in this conversation as much as possible. Let them speak up for what they need in an assisted living community.

2. Budget

Are the costs monthly, annually, or something else? What’s included with the cost? Is there anything that will cost extra? Consider potential future costs for care level changes, and the rising cost of hiring in-home caregivers.

3. Research

What stands out about this community in reviews or ratings? Has anyone recommended this community to you?

4. Location and environment

Visit at different times of the day to gauge activity and atmosphere. How does the environment feel during meal times or evening hours?

5. Staff and residents

How does the staff handle emergencies or challenging situations? What is their staff-to-resident ratio? Observe their interactions with your loved one. If possible, talk to residents who live there. 

6. Licensing and accreditation

You can often find public reports on health and safety inspections online. When was the community’s last inspection, and were there any reported issues? Ask the team at the community directly to share any reports.

7. Contracts and agreements

If unclear about any terms, don’t hesitate to ask or even consult with a professional. Are there any clauses for rate increases or additional fees? Will they be able to accommodate your loved one should their care needs increase or will they need to transition again?

Join our family and let us welcome your loved one home 

The Kensington Redondo Beach is not just a place to live but a place to thrive.  

Transitioning a loved one to The Kensington Redondo Beach is more than just a decision—it’s a commitment to unparalleled care, vibrant community life, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve chosen the best for your family.

We stand by Our Promise to love and care for your family as we do our own.

Contact us to learn more and let your loved one begin a journey of comfort, care, and community.

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