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As someone who doesn't go to the doctor very often, I realized that I didn't even have a main primary care provider. Unfortunately, when I was involved in a car accident, all of my specialists asked me who I normally worked with, and I didn't have an answer. I started looking for a great primary care doctor, and I was able to find a specialist that really understood what I needed. He helped me to manage all of my conditions, and I was really happy with how much of a difference he made for my general health. Check out this blog for more information.




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Three Levels Of Assisted Living And What They Mean And Provide

by Edward White

Assisted living is a branch of care provided for those who are unable to care for themselves, who have lost some of the ability to care for themselves, or may prove a danger to themselves and others if left alone. When you are faced with the task of finding assisted living for a close relative, you may be surprised to find that assisted living is divided into three levels. Here are those three levels, what they mean, and what they provide at each level of care.

PRN Assisted Living

The medical acronym, "PRN," means per required need, or "as needed." Patients who just need a little help here and there are at this first tier of assisted living. Usually, the patients can do most things for themselves, but they may need a little extra help with mobility or with tidying up the house and cooking a healthy meal. As such, they just need someone an hour a day, or a couple of times a week. While this seems relatively unnecessary, the fact remains that if these patients were left to do everything on their own, their health and quality of life would begin to decline rapidly. 

Level 2 Assisted Living: Partial Assist with Most Skills and Tasks

At this level, patients cannot do some to half of the things most people do everyday. They tend to leave the stove on after cooking or forget to cook at all. They get dressed halfway, leaving off important garments that should be worn (e.g., pants for men, shirt for women, etc.). They may be found wandering the parking lot not just because they forgot where they parked the car, but because they can't remember how they got there or why they are there in the first place. Other patients have been in a wheelchair or immobile for a long time and need help getting around. If this sounds like your relative, then your relative is ready for Level 2 assisted living.

Level 3: Total Assist

Patients that fall into level 3 assisted living care are total-assist patients. It means they cannot do anything for themselves anymore. They cannot feed, dress, groom, or bathe themselves. If they are still fully mobile, they are often a wandering risk and they are the kinds of patients you hear about that wander out into the cold and are found frozen in a snow bank, or crank up the gas stove and set the house on fire by accident. Some may still be verbal at this stage, while others may not speak at all. This is the point where you may want to consider moving your relative into a nursing home instead of keeping him/her at home.