How to Choose An Assisted Living Facility
Texas Licensing Requirements
The Assisted Living Federation of America defines assisted living as "a senior living option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation."
Choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one can be difficult, particulary, if you're not sure what to look for.
To begin with, it's most important to realize that in Texas, there are two types of assisted living licensing types; Type A and Type B. A facility's licensure type is based on the capability of the residents to evacuate the facility or the types of services the facility provides, or both, as described in this section.
In a 'TYPE A' Licensed Facility, a Resident:
(1) must be physically and mentally capable of evacuating the facility without physical assistance from staff, which may include an individual who is mobile, although non-ambulatory, such as an individual who uses a wheelchair or an electric cart, and has the capacity to transfer and evacuate himself or herself in an emergency;
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(2) does not require routine attendance during nighttime sleeping hours; and
(3) must be capable of following directions under emergency conditions.
(4) must be able to demonstrate to the Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADS) that they can meet the evacuation requirements described in §92.62(b) of this chapter.
In a 'TYPE B' Licensed B Facility, a Resident May:
(1) require staff assistance to evacuate;
(2) require attendance during nighttime sleeping hours;
(3) be incapable of following directions under emergency conditions; and
(4) require assistance in transferring to and from a wheelchair, but must not be permanently bedfast.As you can see, it's important to understand the differences so when you call you can assk if the assisted living facility is licensed as a Type A or Type B so the best decision can be made based on your loved ones needs. This also shows the facility you've done you're homework, you know and understand, the differences.
For average Americans, assisted living fees are most frequently paid out-of-pocket. Families typically use a combination of Social Security, Veterans and other pensions as well as their savings. Another common approach is to use their home’s value either through a rental, a sale or a reverse mortgage to pay for assisted living (though a reverse mortgage will require one spouse to remain in the home).
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