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What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is an ideal housing option for aging adults.  These communities offer residents a safe and supportive living environment in a homelike setting, where they can live with as much independence or personalized care and assistance as they choose.  Assisted living communities offer residents assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as medication management, dressing, grooming, showering, toileting, and much more.  While these communities typically do not provide care for those with medically complex needs, there may be circumstances where it is possible to allow individuals to age in place with the support and partnership of some external services.  These services might include home care, chronic care management, palliative care, or hospice.  Each situation is dependent on the state’s health department guidelines and service criteria being met.

Services and amenities often offered at an assisted living may include:

  • Social activities and outings
  • Transportation services
  • On-site church services
  • Community and family supported entertainment
  • Variety of daily dining options; typically 3 meals and snacks per day
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Utilities, cable, and internet
  • Meal delivery availability
  • 24-hour security & staff available
  • Registered nurse available, 24-7
  • Emergency call systems
  • Access to medical services
  • Exercise programs
  • And more

Living Arrangements

Assisted living communities typically offer private studios, one bedroom, or two bedroom apartments, which often include a living area, kitchenette, bedroom, and bathroom. In addition, residents have access and use of community areas, such as living rooms, family rooms, library, activity room, gym, dining room, private formal dining room, salon, theater, gardens and outdoor spaces, common restrooms, and parking.

Resident Rights

Assisted Living communities allow residents to remain independent as long as possible in an environment that maximizes the resident’s autonomy, dignity, privacy and safety, as well as emphasizes family and community involvement.

FAQ

What is the average length of stay in an assisted living community?

According the most recent assisted living report, the average length of stay for residents in an assisted living environment is about 28 months.

What does the assisted living community provide?

An assisted living community will provide residents with their own apartments, as well as common areas. They offer around-the clock available staff assistance and a range of services that can include housekeeping, laundry services, assistance with personal care and help with medications.

Do assisted living communities provide meals?

Yes they do. Central dining programs generally include three meals per day.

How do you pay for assisted living?

  • Social Security
  • Savings
  • Long-term care policies
  • Medicaid
  • Veterans benefits
  • Investment-based options
  • Life settlements
  • Annuities
  • Home sales
  • Family support

Questions to ask when visiting/looking into an assisted living community:

  • What is the entire range of services offered?
  • How is the payment plan set up?
  • Which services are included in the base monthly plan?
  • What is your policy regarding outside services?
  • Is there a deposit that is required, and is it refundable if my loved one needs to move? How much notice will be given if there is a rate increase?
  • Can rates be raised if there is no need for increased services?

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