Assisted living facilities are for people who need assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) but want to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. ADLs include, but are not limited to, activities such as eating, bathing, dressing and medication management. Assisted living really exists to bridge the gap between independent living and memory care or skilled nursing homes. Residents in assisted living are not able to live by themselves, but do not necessarily require constant care either.

Independent Living

Many seniors choose independent living when cooking meals, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn or managing repairs becomes more than what they want to deal with at this point in their lives. Independent living offers many amenities such as swimming pools, fitness and wellness centers, restaurant style dining, libraries, computer centers, theaters, and much more along with individual and group activities. Residents have all the independence they had living at home, but with many added benefits. Housing options may vary from freestanding, single-family homes to townhouses or apartments.

Assisted Living

Assisted living provides care for those who need some help with activities of daily living yet wish to remain as independent as long as possible. Assisted living is a home-like congregate housing option that provides meals, housekeeping, laundry, personal care, health care services and social activities in a social setting. Individuals usually have their own rooms or apartments, but some choose to share their residences with a spouse or roommate.

Private group homes are licensed to provide care for 10 or less residents while the larger assisted living centers are licensed to provide care for 11 or more residents and can this sometimes reaches into the hundreds.

Memory Care or Skilled Nursing

Memory care offers care for those whose level of need and care has increased to the point they are no longer able to take care of themselves and need a safe, secured environment. One example is an Alzheimer’s patient who is no longer oriented to time and place, maybe they can’t recognize family or friends anymore, or maybe they are a wandering risk.

For skilled nursing, it might be someone who is completely bedridden and unable to recognize or communicate their needs.

These facilities offer an extremely high level of care for those completely unable to care for themselves.

Continuing Care Retirement Community

The type of community offers multiple levels of care that allows people to age-in-place. CCRCs usually provide independent living, assisted living and sometimes, memory care or skilled nursing all on one campus. Residents of a CCRC are able to move from one level of care to another without ever leaving the community.

If your loved one does not have sufficient funds to pay for assisted living, there are several options available: ALTCS (Arizona Long Term Care Services)

 http://www.ahcccs.state.az.us/SERVICES/Programs/ALTCS.asp

Other options can include: long-term care insurance, life insurance settlement or a reverse mortgage option. Consulting with an elder-law attorney or a financial advisor may also be worthwhile depending upon the complexity of your financial situation.

The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisting living facility also qualifies.

To qualify for A&A it needs to be established by your physician that you require daily assistance by others to dress, undress, bathe, cook, eat, put on or take off of prosthetics, leave home etc. You DO NOT have to require assistance with all of these. There simply needs to be adequate medical evidence that you cannot function completely on your own.

The A&A Pension can provide up to $1,632 per month to a veteran, $1,055 per month to a surviving spouse, or $1,949 per month to a couple*.

Eligibility must be proven by filing the proper Veterans Application for Pension or Compensation. 

http://www.veteranaid.org/program.php

Please call an ALA representative for more information and resources for free assistance in applying for the A&A Pension.

· 24-hour supervision by a licensed caregiver
· Bathing assistance
· Grooming assistance
· 2 or more meals per day (snacks may be included)
· Laundry and changing of sheets
· Medication monitoring and ordering
· Activities based on residents’ abilities
· Transportation to appointments – may be an additional fee

These services are typical, but each care community may offer different services and they may or may not be included in the base price.
 

All assisted living facilities are inspected on a yearly basis by the Arizona Department of Health Services. However, Assisted Living Advantage regularly inspects licenses to ensure facilities are in good standing with the state and there are no “red flags” regarding a resident’s health, safety or well-being.

Assisted Living Advantage believes the main reason to use our services is our experience and expertise in the field. If you are lucky, you may only have to locate a care community once or twice in a lifetime. The experts at Assisted Living Advantage perform this service on a daily basis and because of our network of care facilities and our relationships in the care provider industry, we are able to locate the finest care facilities our industry has to offer. Our representatives will give an honest, unbiased opinion of the care facilities you tour and will assist you in making the most informed decision possible.

As in any industry, not every facility paying for advertising is necessarily a good health care provider. Social workers, doctors, or any other care provider most likely do not know these facilities personally, they are simply trying to help by giving you a list of resources available. Assisted Living Advantage has the expertise to recommend only those care facilities with a long track record of quality care and customer satisfaction. We take the guess work out of finding the quality care your loved one deserves!

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