Assisted Living Facility FAQ's

1. What Is the Difference between an Assisted Living Facility and a Nursing Home?

An assisted living facility maintains more independence for residents, allowing them the freedom to set more of their own schedule while providing assistance with tasks like meal preparation, housekeeping, and personal care as needed.

2. Do Assisted Living Facilities Provide Medical Services?

The level of available medical care varies between facilities, but it is typically limited in scope to assisting with the taking of prescribed medication. Some facilities do provide on-site nursing and medical staff, but these services are intended for emergency use rather than day to day necessity.

3. Is Assisted Living Right for Me or My Loved One?

Assisted living facilities are a perfect choice for anyone who just needs a little bit of extra help to get the most out of life. It represents a choice between the intensity of nursing home care and the lax atmosphere of a retirement home.

4. Is There a Time Commitment?

While forewarning is helpful for the smooth operation of the facility, there is no long-term time requirement to enroll in most assisted living centers. Some facilities will offer month-long respite care to give family caretakers the opportunity to take time off without taking the drastic measure of long-term nursing home care.

5. What Activities and Entertainment Are Available?

Most assisted living facilities offer transportation services to nearby attractions, allowing their residents the opportunity to go out and enjoy a movie or a meal as they please. On-site activities usually include socialization, low-impact sports like swimming or badminton, and access to entertainment options such as television shows and movies.

6. Does My Insurance Cover Assisted Living?

Medicare, Medicaid, and most basic forms of insurance do not cover assisted living. You can investigate the possibility of Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) and other financial aid sources if you cannot meet the cost.

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