Loosely defined, Assisted Living is the union of residential needs and supportive care provided in a social environment. It is generally geared for the 65-plus population and designed to safely maximize independence. The model can be likened to a “senior citizen hotel”. While there are great advantages to this lifestyle, many would find the expenses extend beyond their financial reach.
However, for those who qualify, there is an affordable option – the Assisted Living Program (ALP). It serves people who are eligible for nursing home placement in a setting that is less medically intensive and more cost effective. Typically, ALP candidates struggle at home with activities of daily living (ambulating, eating, bathing, dressing, transferring, maintaining hygiene, etc.) While these individuals would clearly benefit from help, they would be considered high functioning in a medical-model skilled care facility. By utilizing community based Medicaid and monthly Social Security or S.S.I. entitlements, participants are provided with: personal care, room, board, housekeeping, supervision, home health aides, various types of therapy, case management and other vital services. It should be noted that some medical issues exceed levels that the ALP can address such as a need for continual nursing care. Additionally, ALP residents cannot be chronically bedfast, chairfast, or impaired to the degree that they endanger the safety of other residents.
Some individuals have been approved for a Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Program and can be transitioned into the Assisted Living Community, when appropriate. Along with our Amber Court Representative and professional staff, eligibility requirements both medically and financially can be discussed.