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Many people approaching their later years find they need help in their daily routines. Adult children, especially if they live far away, also become concerned about parents living alone who may have an increased need for help. Sometimes, older persons need assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, housekeeping and transportation. The assistance they need may not require the round-the-clock, skilled health care a nursing home provides, yet their needs cannot be met living on their own. Assisted living bridges the gap between living on your own and living in a nursing home. Nonprofit organizations, many of them sponsored by religious groups, have provided assisted living services for more than one hundred years. Nowadays, assisted living is an increasingly popular choice for older persons. In many instances, it offers the right blend of services at a reasonable cost. You may choose to live in an assisted living residence. Such residences are designed to meet your special personal-service and housing needs, and sometimes health care needs as well. Your choices will vary from single or double rooms to suites and apartments. In some areas of the country, assisted living residences may be called different names, such as personal care, residential care, or domiciliary care. Assisted living residences may be part of a retirement community, nursing home or elderly housing facility, or they may stand alone. Whatever the setting, assisted living offers you the opportunity to continue living as independently as possible.
While you can receive assistance in several different ways, typical assisted living services include:
- 3 Meals Daily plus Snacks Assistance with daily living activities such as bathing and dressing
- Administering of medications
- Laundry and Linen Service
Most people want to stay in their own homes as long as they can. Often, a combination of family, friends and home care can make that possible. The time may come, however, when the need for services and the security of living with others in a supervised setting makes living in an assisted living residence preferable to living on your own. Here are some questions to help you choose the best assisted living residence for your needs:
- What kinds of services are available? Are services provided by the facility's employees, or are arrangements made with other agencies?
- What choice of accommodations is there?
- Are friends and family able to visit conveniently?
- What is included in the daily or monthly rate? What services are available for extra charges?
- Can furniture and other personal items be brought from home?
- What kinds of activities and recreation are available? How often?
- What happens if you need additional assistance later on? Do you have to move, or can the facility provide the care you need?
Costs in assisted living residences range from less than $1,800 a month to $3,200 or more a month, depending on the services and accommodations offered. The facility's charges will reflect the number of services to which you have access. In addition to basic charges, there may be extra charges for some services. The cost may also vary according to the size of the room or apartment. In some states, funds are available for those who cannot afford assisted living. In those states, the service component of assisted living may be paid for by Medicaid if the state has applied for and been approved under a home and community-based waiver. Medicaid is the joint federal and state program that helps older people and those with disabilities pay for nursing home care and health care at home after they can no longer afford the expenses themselves. The waiver is for persons who are determined to be eligible for nursing home care. The resident may then use Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to pay for the room and board costs. In most cases, however, you or your family pay for the majority of assisted living services.
We strive to make all our residents feel as if they are part of our family. We are state licensed and are able to provide care for up to 39 residents. It was our decision to be state licensed which means added safety and protection for all our residents. This also means we cannot care for more than 39 people. Keeping the size smaller will ensure all residents will still have the home-like atmosphere and receive the proper care and attention they deserve.
It’s actually quite simple. Just contact the administration and we’ll be happy to give you a tour of the home. We will then sit down and go over eligibility requirements and fill out a pre-admission assessment. Once eligibility is determined and an appropriate apartment is picked out we can proceed with the necessary paperwork for admission. Total time of this process is about an hour. All prospective residents are required to have a health care appraisal performed from their physician upon move in.
Licenses and regulations vary from state to state. Assisted living may be called by other names, and there may be several types within a state. For these reasons, different state agencies may be responsible for overseeing assisted living residences. Ask the facility if the state requires licensing. If so, ask to see the most recent inspection report.