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Description

Assisted Living Communities can be described as any housing option where additional care services are providing housing eleven or more. This offers some assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) while maintaining independence. Assisted living apartments will typically have a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and partial kitchen as most meals are provided in a common dining room. Assistance with medications, housekeeping, transportation, and some activities of daily living (ADL’s) is often available. Most assisted living communities have nursing services on location, offer fitness classes, regular social activities, and a daily monitoring service.


Who is eligible?

Most assisted living communities are available to seniors only. This is an appropriate level of care for seniors who are able to live mostly independently but need some assistance with either housekeeping, one to two ADL’s, transportation, medications, meals, or medical monitoring.


Where it fits in my Health Care Team

A person living in an assisted living community may still be eligible to receive Home Health, Hospice, and Home Care. The Independent Living community may partner with select agencies for the above mentioned care.


How is it paid for?

Assisted living is typically paid for through private funds or through ALTCS. Most apartments/condos are available to rent not purchase. The price varies depending on community, apartment size, and services offered. The cost of meals and nursing services may be an additional charge. Some Long Term Care Insurance policies will include assisted living in their benefits. Medicare, AHCCCS, or private insurance will not cover this service. For eligible veterans the cost of rent would not be covered but some of the additional care services may be (See here for more details). Prices do not typically include supplies like briefs, bed pads, and toiletries.


What I should know

Services, care, and cost will vary widely from location to location. It’s important to understand the pricing structure when comparing assisted living choices. Rates may be “all inclusive” and some may be “a la cart”. Assisted living is a good choice for seniors who are stable and able to do most of their own ADL’s. If an individual requires a great deal of assistance they may be asked by the facility to hire an additional caregiver to assist, in addition to the cost of the facility.


Memory Care Units

Description

Memory Care units are specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory issues. Units are typically small and residents will have a private or semi-private room and share common areas including living and dining rooms. The doors are typically locked at all times and require a code to enter or leave, keeping those with wandering tendencies safe and floor layouts are usually simple making navigation easier. Routines remain consistent from day to day to give residents a feeling of predictability and security. Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) are provided and the Level of Care is considered Assisted Living. Staff are trained in dealing with issues and behaviors associated with cognitive impairments.


Who is eligible?

Memory care units are designed for those with some sort of cognitive impairment but are still able to ambulate and do some of their own ADL’s. Memory care units are best for those that still retain some independence but need 24 hours supervision and an Assisted Living level of care. This is not the appropriate setting for those who are bed bound or have advanced disease unless additional supportive care is utilized including home health or hospice.


Where it fits in my Health Care Team

A person living in a Memory Care Unit may still be eligible to receive Home Health, Hospice, and Home Care. The Assisted Living community may partner with select agencies for the above mentioned care.


How is it paid for?

Memory Care is typically paid for through private funds or through ALTCS. The price varies depending on community, apartment size, and services offered and can range from approximately $4,000-7,000 per month. The cost of meals and nursing services may be an additional change. Some Long Term Care Insurance policies will include memory care in their benefits. Medicare, AHCCCS, or private insurance do not cover this service. For eligible veterans the cost of rent would not be covered but some of the additional care service may be.


What I should Know

Memory care units are typically part of a larger Skilled Nursing Facility, but will have their own wing or floor. Residents do not need to leave the Memory Care Unit for meals and activities since they have common areas that are specifically designed for them. You may expect to find that these units often have a waiting list for admission.

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