What is Personal Care/Assisted Living?

Personal Care and/or Assisted Living services provide you or your senior loved one help with daily tasks like taking medications, bathing, dressing, and helping to eat well. On top of daily necessities, Personal Care and Assisted Living communities help residents stay engaged and involved in activities around the campus and with their peers. Staff at Personal Care or Assisted Living communities are also able to assist residents with things like scheduling and attending doctor’s appointments, including physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Hear a PSL staff member answer many of the common questions regarding Personal Care/Assisted Living.

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What is the Difference Between Personal Care and Assisted Living?

The main difference between Personal Care and Assisted Living is that in an Assisted Living setting, residents can receive more intensive medical care for a longer duration without having to shift into a Skilled Nursing setting. Personal Care cannot provide long-term acute medical care where a person receives active treatment for a severe injury, illness, or a chronic medical condition. Because of this, Assisted Living was created to bridge the services gap. Licensing for these particular services varies from state to state. 


Who Is It Right For?

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Personal Care/Assisted Living Determination Based on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

A need for personal care/assisted living is often determined by the number of ADLs in which an older adult needs assistance. Activities of daily living (ADLs) are basic actions that a normally functioning person performs every day. If you cannot perform a certain number of ADLs (usually two of the six) without help from another person, personal care/assisted living may be a good fit. 

  • Bathing

  • Dressing

  • Eating

  • Transferring

  • Toileting

  • Continence

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    You can expect our staff to provide residents assistance with basic hygiene including bathing, brushing teeth, shaving and tidying hair, if needed. 

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    In personal care/assisted living our staff are available to assist in picking out outfits, doing and folding laundry, and to physically help a resident get dressed. 

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    In addition to taking away the need to grocery shop and prepare food, our staff can assist residents with physically eating meals as well. Any special diet accommodations are also able to be met. 

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    With personal care/assisted living you can expect a staff member to provide any transfer assistance a resident may need. An example of this may be getting out of bed and onto a walker or wheelchair. 

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    As we age, sometimes the ability to get on and off a toilet can become difficult. In personal care/assisted living, you have access to assistance to get up and down off a toilet, should you need it. 

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    If needed, our caring staff can work directly with residents to manage any incontenince issues that may arise. 

    Hear from Stephanie, a PSL staff member, on the flexibility of care

    "There are many ranges of skilled needs that can be met in these services. Many people come in very very independent but just need some general oversight to make sure that medication is being taken at the correct time, meals are being provided, and just to know that the assurance is there…."

    Stephanie P.
    PSL Staff Member

    Hear from Stephanie, a PSL staff member, on the flexibility of care

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