Preparing for assisted living: What you should know

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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -- This week is National Assisted Living Week. According to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 800,000 people live in assisted living homes across the country.

Jessica Taylor, Executive Director of Cedar Creek Assisted Living in Pikeville, Kentucky, said assisted living homes play an important role for those in need of extra assistance.

"Basically, it is like they are living in a resort and we are here to help if they need us," Taylor said.

Billie Johns is a resident at Cedar Creek Assisted Living. She said the facility and staff help her each day.

"It is the place I need to be right now," Johns said. "I lost my husband about two years ago in July."

Johns said it took her awhile to adjust to a new place.

"This is my home now, away from home," Johns said. "The longer I stay, the more I like it."

Different events are planned each day at assisted living homes across the country during National Assisted Living Week. Snow cones were provided on Wednesday afternoon for the folks at Cedar Creek Assisted Living.

"I kind of feel like a kid again," Johns said.

Taylor said events like that are a way to get the community involved. She also hopes to clear up any misconceptions about assisted living homes.

"In an assisted living home, residents have their independence," Taylor said. "We are here to help if they need us. We don't have nursing staff but we do have CNAs."

If you are looking to transition a loved one into an assisted living home, Taylor said to ask these three questions: What kind of assistance is provided? What level of care is offered? Can the facility cater to your loved one?

Taylor also suggests visiting the facility and speaking to the residents to gain an accurate picture of the facility.

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