Assisted Living Communities
What daily tasks can elders receive support with at an Assisted Living facility?
In an Assisted Living facility, elders can receive support with such daily tasks as transportation, medication management, meal preparation, eating, physical mobility, dressing, hygiene, communication, and socialization. The amount of support needed, available activities, and options for socialization all affect the cost of the Assisted Living facility.
How can I pay for Assisted Living care?
Because Assisted Living costs are self-funded, you must use your own money first. Once that resource has been exhausted, you can apply for Medicare and/or Medicaid to fund the costs of Assisted Living. Depending on the state you live in, Medicaid funds may be available.
Veterans benefits and HUD funding may be available for those who have served or who have a certain level of income. Overall, moving to an Assisted Living facility may be a financially pragmatic decision when compared to the cost of maintaining a home. Costs vary depending on the type of care needed, with Residential Care at the lower end and Alzheimer’s Care at the higher end.
What questions should I be asking to find the best Assisted Living facility?
It’s best to have a plan for evaluating different Assisted Living facilities before beginning your search. You should prepare questions that you want answered during your visit, including: How is the assisted living facility arranged? Is there a waiting list? Are meals included?
What activities are set up for the residents? What are the monthly fees? What is the visitation schedule? Are health services available on-site? Is transportation provided? What happens if circumstances change and more care is needed? What is the neighborhood around the facility like? Are care plans developed for residents? You should also ask about staffing, common space, security, and parking.