What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is defined as a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. 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. Residents are assessed upon move in, or any time there is a change in condition. The assessment is used to develop an individual plan.
Assisted living is a residential alternative to nursing home care. According to the National Investment Center Investment Guide 2010, there are 6,315 professionally managed assisted living communities nationwide with approximately 475,500 apartments. A relatively new concept twenty-five years ago, today assisted living is the most preferred and fastest growing long-term care option for seniors.
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.
The philosophy of assisted living is to provide personalized, resident centered care in order to meet individual preferences and needs. Assisted living treats all residents with dignity, provides privacy and encourages independence and freedom of choice. Residents’ family members and friends are encouraged to get involved in the assisted living community.
Who is the typical assisted living resident?
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. Residents are assessed upon move in, or any time there is a change in condition.
The average assisted living resident is an 87 year old female widow who requires assistance with two or ore activities of daily living. The average resident stays in assisted living for 28 months and has an average annual income of $27,260.
What is included in assisted living facilities
Amenities in assisted living typically include:
■Three meals a day served in a common dining area
■Exercise and wellness programs
■Personal laundry services
■Social and recreational activities
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 of often less expensive than home health or nursing home care in the same geographic area.
According to the National Investment Center Investment Guide 2010, the median rate for a monthly rental rates in an assisted living community is $3,326 per month. In comparison, the NIC Investment Guide 2010 also indicates the median rate of Nursing Care at $7,001 per month. The median is the midpoint, which means half of residences participating in the research have lower fees and half have higher fees. The rental rate includes the base rent and service fees charged by the assisted living community.
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. More seniors are purchasing long-term care insurance to help plan for and finance their long-term care needs.
What are examples of assisted living activities?
Most senior housing communities offer a variety of activities and entertainment to engage residents and enhance their quality of life – from book groups to planned theater outings to gardening clubs. Residents typically participate in activities outside the residence as well. Certainly, quality of life has different meanings for different people, so high-quality communities offer a variety of social programs to meet residents’ interests. Activities staff will often assess each resident’s activity and leisure needs and interests to help them identify programs of interest. Learn more… ;
Is Assisted Living Regulated?
Assisted living is regulated in all 50 states. State regulations generally address the mandatory services a senior living residence must provide. All settings offer 24-hour care and supervision for those who need assistance. Care is provided with dignity and respect.