What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is for seniors who can live on their own, but for various reasons shouldn't. They don’t require the constant medical attention provided by a nursing home, but they may need a helping hand from time-to-time, day or night. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), an assisted living residence is defined as follows: a special combination of senior housing, personalized support services and easy access to health care for seniors who need help with bathing, dressing, taking medications and other ADLs – Activities of Daily Living.
For residents of Central Assisted Living, assisted living means having the freedom to live independently – without the concern of being left alone. Our caring staff is always here to offer a helping hand when needed. Sharing time with great new friends, people who really care and making the most of every day, in every way you can is what we are all about.
Do we accept SSI?
Yes.To be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), an individual must have income and/or assets that are not in excess of amounts prescribed by the government. This payment must cover the cost of living and the comprehensive package of services offered, including room, meals, 24-hour supervision, personal care assistance, medication supervision, case management services, laundry, housekeeping and recreational activities.
What should you know about assisted living residences in general? It is important to know what type of environment each assisted living residence caters to so that your loved one will be comfortable and happy. Find out if the assisted living residence offers any exercise programs, shopping trips, and other forms of entertainment options. Assisted living residences range in size from three to more than 200 beds. There is no nationally recognized definition of assisted living. Assisted living residences are regulated and licensed at the state level.
A portion of the monthly payment is provided to each SSI resident in the form of a Personal Needs Allowance, which is meant to cover the costs of personal expenses, such as clothing, toiletries, transportation and entertainment.
Do we accept Medicaid or Medicare?
We accept Medicaid and are one of only a few select assisted living residences to do so. Through a program known as the Assisted Living Program (ALP), Medicaid-funded nursing and home care services are delivered to residents who require services above and beyond what are typically provided in assisted living. ALPs require a special state license and are the only residential care option that is covered by Medicaid. Medicare is not accepted.
What other forms of payment do you accept?
An individual’s private funds. Private funds are the most common payment method. Charges vary across residences and range from $1,000 to several thousand dollars per month.
Long-term care insurance. Most long-term care insurance policies include an assisted living benefit. They vary in the amount of coverage and the conditions the policy holder must meet in order to access the benefit. Individuals with long-term care insurance coverage are encouraged to review their policy for details.
Can I have my own private room?
Yes, absolutely. Bedrooms are large, sunlit and cheerfully decorated. There is a private bath in each room and a private telephone with 24-hour switchboard service, so you are only a phone call away from your family and friends – outside of your Central Assisted Living family, of course.
Are there doctors on site?
Central Assisted Living is dedicated to providing the highest level of proficiency in medical care for those who require assistance. We carefully screen our applicants so we are able to preserve the residents’ dignity and encourage independence for as long as possible. In order to achieve this goal, we have doctors and psychiatrists on call 24 hours a day – every day. In addition, medical centers and hospitals are easily accessible from our residence.
Is Assisted Living Right for You?
Assisted living is for adults who need help with everyday tasks. It is not an alternative to a nursing home, but an intermediate level of long-term care appropriate for many seniors.
How do you know if your loved one may be ready for assisted living? Assisted living is for those needing assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) but wishing to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Assisted living provides help with ADLs such as eating, bathing, dressing, laundry, housekeeping, and assistance with medications. Assisted living has grown in popularity in recent years because it is less restrictive and less expensive than a nursing home. Assisted living residences, such as Central Assisted Living, promote independence and provide the residents with freedom.
Some assisted living facilities are part of retirement