Understanding Levels of Care: Assisted Living Facility

There are a handful of options for families of aging loved ones to evaluate. The first step is understanding the difference between each of them and the factors that should be considered based on individual needs. LifeLinks Care Managers can help families work through these questions, creating a care plan based on all of the options available.

Assisted Living Facilities

It’s estimated that one million Americans currently live in Assisted Living Facilities. Residents may suffer from memory disorders, or simply need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges. Assisted Living is appropriate for anyone who can no longer manage to live on their own but does not require extensive medical care.

Assisted Living Facility residents may need help with activities of daily living, including:

·         bathing
·         dressing
·         toileting
·         grooming
·         medication management
·         cooking/eating
·         getting around
·         housekeeping
·         transportation
·         monitor smoking
·         nurse usually available 24/7

If a senior needs a number of services, an Assisted Living Facility may become a more economical alternative to home care services.  For example, the cost of non-medical, in-home care for 10 hours or more every day is approximately the same cost as assisted living.  Support services, such as hospice and LifeLinks care management, can be implemented to address special situations.

An Assisted Living Facility is often the first stop for an elder who needs to get help with daily living.  According to State guidelines, a person who lives in an assisted living facility must be able to evacuate the building on their own in 13 minutes or less.

Apartments are rented on a month-to-month basis and the fee usually includes 3 meals per day, weekly housekeeping, 24-hour staff and a nurse available, scheduled transportation and on-site activities.  Extra fees are usually charged for medication management and assistance with activities of daily living.  Support services, such as medical home health care, hospice and geriatric care management, can be implemented to address special situations.

Paying for assisted living:

·        Medicare – no
·        Medicaid – few
·        Long term care insurance – some
·        VA benefits – yes


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