Today kicks off Supportive Living Week in the State of Illinois. In honor of this week, I will tell you a bit more about Supportive Living Facilities.
If you took the benefits of nursing home care and assisted living care, pulled out the best of both worlds, and offered it at an affordable price, you would end up with a Supportive Living Facility, SLF.
SLFs are for those residents who need some assistance, yet their abilities prevent them from needing the complete care of a nursing home. Like an Assisted Living Facility, SLFs offer housekeeping service, laundry, reminders to take medication, and other minor needs. However, unlike an Assisted Living Facility, residents can qualify for Medicaid to pay for their stay.
In today's economy, most families cannot afford the thousands of dollars a month that it costs to place their elderly family members in an Assisted Living Facility. With elderly that are not in need of nursing home care, some families feel as if they are left with no choice but to leave their loved ones home alone without any assistance.
Fortunately for those families, they have SLFs. SLFs offer three meals a day, social activities including concerts and community events, and private rooms. Some SLFs even have on-site beauty salons, small convenience-like stores, and, if you are lucky enough to be in a facility like mine, resident clubs such as crafts, cooking, sewing, and much more.
If you want to learn more about SLFs, set a side a few minutes this Wednesday to explore one.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, SLFs across the State of Illinois are hosting Open Houses. During the event, staff will be available to answer questions, show you around, and explain the many benefits of supportive living over assisted living.