Most people want to be self-employed in old age and have their own apartment. Nevertheless, social services should be available and in case of emergency someone should be available. Assisted living meets these wishes best. Therefore, this form of living has experienced a boom in recent years.
Older people can lead an independent life in their own apartment without having to forego qualified help, safety and security when needed. So it is trying to combine the benefits of living in your own household with the benefits of living in a well-equipped home. The principle is: as much independence as possible, as much help as necessary.
The apartments are equipped for seniors and are located in a specially built for seniors condominium. They are suitable for one or two people. The equipment should meet the needs of the residents. In addition, services such as meals on wheels or outpatient care services are offered.
There are no binding standards for assisted living, so the quality, type and scope of the aid are very different. You should urgently compare different offers and costs so that you do not end up having any nasty surprises.
- The residential offer should include a separate apartment, which is barrier-free.
- It is also important that in the apartment the technical requirements for the connection to an emergency call device are available.
- The condominium should be centrally located and the shops should be within walking distance. It is also good if public transport is nearby.
- In addition, common areas that promote communication and living together among tenants are important. The rents are generally slightly higher than the comparable local rents, as the residents also bear the cost of the common areas.
In addition, there are a number of benefits that are additionally eligible and must be paid separately. These include, for example, domestic services, nursing services and meals on wheels.
Many cities and towns offer an overview of the regional offer. The following should be noted when choosing:
- Get detailed information material from the different houses. Look at several houses and compare the offers with your personal preferences. If possible, talk to the residents.
- Do the offered additional services meet your needs? It is important to have a precise breakdown of the costs, especially the additional services. Not infrequently seemingly cheap rents are "made up" by overdrawn care packages again. Residents usually conclude two contracts: a rental or purchase agreement and a care contract. Check these contracts exactly!
- Be sure to clarify what happens when the need for care occurs. Usually, a short-term care is offered, for example, after illness. For long-term care cases, sufficient outpatient care services must be offered.
- Your lease should not contain a clause that the deterioration of your state of health or the occurrence of long-term care leads to the termination of the contract.
- Take a look at the surroundings. Are there shopping, restaurants, cafes, banks, post office, doctors' offices, pharmacies etc?
Assisted living communities
Assisted living communities are intended for people who are no longer able to cope on their own. The goal is to master everyday life in the community. Residents of a supervised residential group live in barrier-free converted apartments. Kitchen and living room are shared, next to each tenant has its own room.
The WG is supported by support staff, who organizes the household and makes everyday life. As with outpatient care, the outpatient care service takes care of the elderly tenants.
The residents pay the costs of their private rooms and the proportion of the common rooms, household allowances and caregivers. There are also individual care costs. So far, the offer for assisted living communities in Germany is still very low. Promotion of housing groups
Housing groups cared for on an outpatient basis are living communities of at least three persons requiring care, with the purpose of community-organized care.
People living in a sheltered housing group receive a supplement of € 205 per month since January 2015. This also applies to dementia patients without care.A prerequisite is, among other things, that a caregiver assumes organizational and nursing tasks. In the case of a new foundation with at least three residents, an add-on financing of 2,500 euros per resident, a maximum of 10,000 euros, can be applied for.