Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, transferring (in and out of bed or in and out of a wheelchair, for example), using the bathroom, taking medications. Walking to meals or activities, transportation to doctor’s appointments, laundry and housekeeping: these are among the most commonly utilized services in assisted living.
Though the name itself seems to clearly describe the level of care, there is generally a good deal of confusion about what’s actually covered on a daily basis (and perhaps more importantly, what services are included in the monthly cost).
Each assisted living community is different. Different providers have their own unique ways of operation, and each state has its own set of regulations governing care and how it’s delivered. On the whole, assisted living communities do not provide skilled medical care (per the state regulatory and licensing guidelines), and if they do, there would likely be a separate charge for these services.
Seniors in assisted living typically need help on a varying basis. Some may need only an hour in the morning and evening to get up and dressed or ready for bed, others may require assistance throughout the day and night. Be certain that, when searching for assisted living for a loved one, you have a clear understanding of what services are provided as part of a basic “core services” package and what would be charged “a la carte.” Find out whether these charges will be assessed at a monthly or hourly rate.