Assisted Living Communities are very popular because they combine privacy with assistance in a setting that maximizes independence. They look very much like Independent communities with private apartments but have the added feature of assistance both scheduled and as needed. All Assisted Living communities provide meals, housekeeping, an option for personal laundry service, utilities and cable as well as an individualized plan of care. A multitude of activities, including off-site excursions, make this type of living an excellent choice for seniors who enjoy socializing.
As a senior requires more care, such as assistance with bathing or dressing or medication management, they can have a caregiver come into their apartment and help as needed. Should an unexpected event occur where the resident needs immediate assistance they can use a pull cord, an intercom or a lifeline pendant to alert the staff. Assisted Living can accommodate many health care needs including mild memory loss because they have 24 hour staff including caregivers, RNs LPNs, and other licensed care staff.
Assisted Living communities may be free-standing or part of a continuum of care in a larger community. They range in size from a couple of dozen residents to 80 or more. Similar communities are licensed as Residential Care and may have different options and levels of care.
Costs for Assisted Living start with a base rate of $3000 and up depending on the community and the apartment size plus the cost of the actual care. Most residents pay privately but some communities will accept Medicaid after the resident has used up their private funds. Medicare and health insurance do not pay for Assisted Living but the costs may be covered my Long Term Care Insurance.
Adult Placement Network will help you review the care needs and financial situation to guide you to the best choice for yourself or your loved one.