Choosing an Assisted Living Community

There are a number of assisted living communities in our area, so folks have a variety of options from which to choose: location, types of care and services, types of property, apartment size, range of rents, and most importantly, the “feel” you experience when you tour the community.

Assisted living was founded on a resident-centered philosophy to enable choice, preserve dignity, encourage independence and promote quality of life. Every day, the staff lives this philosophy. It is reflected in the care and services they offer to each resident.

Assisted living communities serve older adults who require assistance with everyday activities such as meal preparation, medication management, transportation and personal care (dressing, bathing, etc.). These are also appropriate for adults who require specialized assistance for Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Those who can no longer live alone or be cared for by an aging spouse or a family member frequently turn to assisted living.

Assisted living has staff available 24/7 to assist with care, safety and support. When you’ve seen one assisted living community, you’ve seen just one.

The most common amenities and services offered in assisted living communities include:

  • Dining—three meals and snacks daily
  • Housekeeping
  • Transportation
  • Personal laundry services
  • Wellness and fitness
  • Social and recreational activities

The most common assistance with personal care is:

  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Grooming

Other services may be available to assist with:

  • Continence
  • Medications
  • Memory loss
  • Mobility
  • Outside services specialized in physical therapy (if not offered onsite), hospice or additional personal care/companions

Medicare does not cover the usual services offered in assisted living. Some communities do participate in Medicaid waiver programs. Options residents and families have used to pay for assisted living include:

  • Income from Social Security and other pensions
  • The sale of the family home and other investments
  • Personal retirement savings
  • Assistance from family
  • Long-term care insurance
  • The VA Aid and Attendance Program
  • The settlement of a life insurance policy that is no longer needed
  • Medicaid, on a limited basis to income-eligible seniors
  • Choosing to share your apartment with a roommate

Prices vary with the community apartment size, and types of services and level of care needed. Typically, communities charge:

  • A monthly rent that includes the residential services and amenities
  • A monthly care fee based on the assessed level of care required each day
  • A medication management fee
  • Bundled rent and care fees together
  • A one-time entrance fee

 

Doddridge, sales director at Fox Hollow Senior Living in Pinehurst, may be reached at 910-695-0011 or kdoddridge@5ssl.com.