FAQ's About Assisted Living What is Assisted living? The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) defines an Assisted Living residence as a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services and health care designed to meet the needs - both scheduled and unscheduled - of those who need help with activities of daily living.
Copperleaf's assisted living homes subscribe to a 10-point philosophy of care:
Currently, more than a million Americans live in an estimated 20,000 Assisted Living residences. Assisted Living residents can be young or old, affluent or low income, frail or disabled. Residents may suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other memory disorders. Residents may also need help with incontinence or mobility. There are others that choose an assisted living setting for socialization and assistance with housekeeping and laundry services.
Assisted Living residences can range from a high-rise apartment complex, to a converted Victorian home, or a renovated school. Residences may be free-standing or housed with other residential options, such as independent living or nursing care. They may be operated by non-profit or for-profit companies. Most facilities have between 25 and 120 units. There is no single blueprint, because consumers' preferences and needs vary widely. Units may vary in size from one room to a full apartment.
Regulations and licensing regulations vary from state to state contributing to the wide range of senior housing models considered Assisted living. Most providers and their staff have special training as a result either of state requirements or company policy. Some states require special staff certification and training. Residences must comply with local building codes and fire safety regulations. ALFA believes the most successful regulations are consumer drive, balancing the safety concerns we all share with the consumers' desires to retain their independence and freedom of choice. Please ask about the recent regulatory survey for each assisted living you visit, as this information may aid in your decision.
Services provided in Assisted Living residences usually include:
Costs vary with residence, room size, and the types of services needed by the residents. Across the nation, daily basic fees range from approximately $15 to $200, generally less than the cost of home health services and nursing home care. A basic Assisted Living fee may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. Most Assisted Living residences charge month-to month rates, but a few residences require long-term arrangements.
Residents or their families generally pay the cost of care from their own financial resources. Depending on the nature of an individual's health insurance program or long-term care insurance policy, costs may be reimbursed. Government payments for Assisted Living residences have been limited, but are available in some counties. Portage County has developed a program called Family Care that may assist in payment for Assisted Living residences if the resident qualifies. To obtain information regarding financial assistance, please call (715) 345-5350. Some state and local governments offer subsidies for rent or services for low-income elders. Others may provide subsidies in the form of an additional payment for those how receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. Some states also utilize Medicaide waiver programs to help pay for Assisted Living services. Veterans and surviving spouses of Veterans may also qualify for Veteran's Aid & Attendance. Contact your county Veteran's Services Administration office for more information.