Assisted living units may be furnished with a phone, cable TV, and cooking elements. Some may also allow special diets, allowing residents to prepare meals at their convenience. Some may even follow physician nutrition orders. Caregiving agencies are required by law to maintain written care plans for each resident, and they must regularly evaluate the care plan and reassess needs. Assisted living facilities may also require residents to perform chores or specific activities.
Companion care includes assistance with day-to-day activities such as meal preparation, walking, or taking medications. Companions may also help with housekeeping and running errands. Companions may also provide assistance with transportation to medical appointments or grocery stores. Companions are an excellent choice for elderly residents who are unable to perform daily tasks alone.