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What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living facilities come in all shapes, sizes and neighborhoods. Based on the varied preferences and needs of the elderly there are a variety of settings from which to choose. These choices range from high-rise buildings to one-story Victorian mansions to large multi-acre campuses. Assisted living facilities are also located in single-family homes and duplexes referred to as residential care facilities.

The philosophy of assisted living is to provide personalized, resident centered care to meet individual preferences and needs. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer's, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges. Assisted living treats all residents with dignity, provides privacy and encourages independence and freedom of choice. Resident family members and friends are encouraged to get involved in the assisted living community.

Assisted Living Community Services

Amenities in assisted living typically include:

• Three meals a day served in a common dining area
• Housekeeping services
• Transportation
• 24-hour security
• Exercise and wellness programs
• Personal laundry services
• Social and recreational activities
• Personal care in assisted living typically includes:
• Staff available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs
• Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking
• Access to health and medical services, such as physical therapy and hospice
• Emergency call systems for each resident’s apartment
• Medication management
• Care for residents with cognitive impairments

Independence is always encouraged through an individualized plan of personal care and wellness. As well, some communities are pet-friendly and on approval may move in with their dog or cat.

What is the Cost of Assisted Living?

Assisted living costs vary with the residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. Most assisted living residences charge on a month-to-month lease arrangement, but a few require long-term arrangements. Assisted living is often less expensive than home health or nursing home care in the same geographical area. The average monthly cost to live in an assisted living facility is $3300.00 per month.

While 86.2% of assisted living residents today pay for long-term care from their personal financial resources, 41 states offer "home and community-based waivers" that allow low-income residents to live in assisted living facilities. More seniors are purchasing long-term care insurance to help plan for and finance their long-term care needs.


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Senior Housing Facility Options

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Assisted Living Facilities

A typical assisted living facility resident would usually be an elder/senior citizen who does not need the level of care offered by a skilled nursing facility. Assisted Living Facilities provide more companionship and some assistance in day-to-day living.

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Hospice Care Facilities

Hospice Care is more than a place of care, hospice is a unique kind of care for people with advanced illnesses. Hospice Care is a specialized care that accepts dying as the final natural stage of life, neither to speed up the dying process nor postpone it.

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Independent Living Communities

Independent Living is simply any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. Housing can vary widely, from apartment-style living to freestanding homes. These communities are for seniors who need little or no care.

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Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities is the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide what is called custodial care, including getting in and out of bed, and providing assistance with feeding, bathing, and dressing by skilled nursing.

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Continuing Care Communities

CCRC's aren't independent living communities, nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Continuing Care Communities are a combination of all of these care options, owned by private companies and staffed to provide a ''continuum of care''.

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In-Home Care Agencies

In-home care also known as home care, home health care and private duty home care. In-home care is considered non-skilled which means non- medical, home care and home health care is skilled care which means medical. Private duty home care is both.

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Memory Care Facilities

Memory care is a term that refers to specialized care provided by some facilities to help elder/seniors and other individuals affected by memory impairment. Memory care communities are often incorporated as separate care units of assisted living facilities.

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Residential Care Homes

Residential Care Homes are also known as Adult Family Homes, Adult Family Care Homes, Residential Care Facilities, Personal Care Homes, and Care Homes. All of which provide professional care for the elder/senior in a residential home setting.

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