Although assisted living communities may have memory care units on the premises, the two types of care are not synonymous. Memory care is a distinct form of long-term skilled nursing that specifically caters to patients with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other types of memory problems.
Assisted living, also called residential care, is a type of living arrangement in which personal care services such as meals, housekeeping, transportation, and assistance with activities of daily living are available as needed. Also an important aspect of the assisted living model is to provide security, comfort and meaningful activities for residents.
But unlike nursing homes, residents in
assisted living remain independent, living on their own in a
residential setting. Assistance with activities of daily
living may include help with bathing, dressing, toileting,
diapering, medicating, helping with daily living decisions and
moving from one place to another.
The average cost of assisted living in Texas as of 2016 is $3,515 / month, which is slightly under the national average of $3,600 / month. The areas of Texas with the most expensive assisted living include Amarillo, Austin, Odessa, Victoria and San Antonio, where the monthly cost averages between $4,000 - $4,600.
In 2016, the average monthly cost of assisted living nationwide is $3,628. Alzheimer's and dementia care in assisted living costs, on average, an additional $1,150 per month, or $5,100 per month. Costs vary dramatically from state to state. In the South and Mid-West, the average monthly costs are from $3,000 - $3,600.
The definition of the term assisted living and what it is called in licensing regulations vary from state to state. In Texas, assisted living facilities are licensed based on residents' physical and mental ability to evacuate the facility in an emergency and whether nighttime attendance is necessary.
There are two licensing types when it comes to assisted
living: Type A and
Type B so it's important to ask!
Type A Facility - Provides care for residents who do not require routine attendance during sleeping hours and are capable of following directions in an emergency.
Type B Facility - For residents who require staff assistance to evacuate and who are not capable of following directions in an emergency and require nighttime attendance.
In closing, it's very important that you understand the differences so you can ask the right questions when inquiring. You'll feel better knowing you're making the best decision possible for your loved one. This knowledge also shows the facility you've done you're homework, that as a consumer and family member, you know and understand the differences.
According to the National Survey of
Residential Care Facilities, there are over 31,000 assisted
living communities nationwide serving almost one million
seniors. A relatively new concept twenty-five years ago, today
assisted living is the most preferred and fastest growing
long-term care option for seniors.
Typical Services Provided in Assisted Living Communities:
Assisted living communities provide more personal care services than an independent living retirement community. They offer a less-expensive, residential approach to delivering many of the same services available in skilled nursing, either by employing personal care staff or contracting with home health agencies and other outside professionals. Learn more about assisted living services and amenities.
Amenities in assisted living typically include:
Three meals a day served in a common dining area
Exercise and wellness programs
Personal laundry services
Social and recreational activities
Personal care services typically includes:
Staff available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs
Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking
Access to health and medical services, such as physical therapy and hospice
Emergency call systems for each residentís apartment
Care for residents with cognitive impairments
While 86.2% of assisted living residents
today pay for long-term care from their personal financial
resources, 41 states offer "home and community-based waivers" that
allow low-income residents to live in assisted living. More seniors
are purchasing long-term care insurance to help plan for and finance
their long-term care needs.
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