What is Assisted Living?
Assisted Living is defined as, "housing for the elderly or disabled that provides nursing, meals, and/or housekeeping as needed." For those who are able to care for themselves independent living facilities are an option that can provide help with activities of daily living (ADLs) like laundry, bathing, and help with errands.
Assisted living residences provide help with activities of daily living including basic health services, recreational and social activities. Cost is usually made up of monthly rent with additional fees based on the level of attention the resident requires. In 2017, the national average amount paid is $3,750 / month and different state averages range from $2,600 to $5,750. Patients requiring Alzheimerís or dementia care in memory care homes costs an additional $1,200 / month on average.
Both assisted living and memory care are residences that offer 24-hr personal care assistance as well as meals, social activities and other amenities. However, memory care is intended only for persons with dementia, usually related to Alzheimerís Disease but also dementia from Parkinsonís, Huntington's and most other forms of dementia.
several differences between assisted living and
Typically, the staff-to-resident ratio in memory care is
lower. Security in memory care is increased; external access
is restricted to prevent wandering. Different types of
recreational activities are organized with fewer offsite
outings. Consequently, memory care is more expensive than
assisted living by approximately 25%.
Assisted living costs in Texas vary with the residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. Most assisted living residences charge on a month-to-month lease arrangement, but a few require long-term arrangements. Assisted living is of often less expensive than home health or nursing home care in the same geographic area.The average cost of assisted living in Texas as of 2017 is $3,565 / month, which is slightly under the national average of $3,650 / month..
Assisted living residents usually live in their own semi-private or private apartments, which include a furnished or unfurnished bedroom, kitchen area, and bathroom. Various types of apartments are available such as private studio apartments, one-bedroom private apartments, one-bedroom shared apartments, and dormitory-style bedroom arrangements. Services can include:
The majority of assisted living facilities also contract with home health agencies to provide skilled nursing care and with hospice providers for hospice services. 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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