'frequently asked questions'
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SENIOR HOUSING FAQ's
Assisted Living Communities
What is the process for moving into an Assisted Living Community?
After choosing your community and apartment, the assisted living will request medical records for review from your primary care provider. The head nurse or resident care manager will review the records and then schedule an assessment for you. This is an interview about your medical conditions and caregiving needs. After the assessment, a care plan will be created for your review. Each community has their own method, but this is generally how the charges are calculated for personal care, which are charged in addition to rent. At the time of assessment, a determination is made whether a new resident is "assisted" or "independent." Independent residents do not pay additional caregiving charges until they need such services. After the assessment is performed, a rental agreement is signed and the apartment is yours to call home.
Why do people choose one Assisted Living Community over another?
Many assisted living communities offer the same basic services, like meal preparation, activity calendars and transportation, and housekeeping. The base rent for most communities includes these amenities. The differences come in the culture, feel and atmosphere of each community. That's why taking tours in your local options is so important. Do you prefer a larger community bustling with lots of people? Or perhaps you would like a smaller, quieter community. Try the food, too - each kitchen has its own way of preparing meals and writing weekly menus. Most communities will gladly have you as their guest in the dining room during your tour. Finally, check the activity calendar. Do you see things you want to do? Is the transportation schedule good for you?
Will my insurance or Medicare cover the cost of Assisted Living?
Long Term Care insurance, and some veteran's benefits, do help to pay the cost of assisted living. However, Medicare does not pay for housing, like assisted living or memory care communities. Medicaid does, when a person qualifies for that assistance, but there are limited options for communities that work with the state to take Medicaid payments. Each community has different policies, too, about how much they will assist you in the administration of your various insurance options. Be sure you ask about your options during your tour.
Will families have to pay a lot of money for Hospice Care?
Most patients pay nothing for hospice care. Part A of the Medicare benefit covers hospice care, medications, medical supplies, respite care in a skilled nursing facility, and durable equipment related to the hospice diagnosis without any cost to patients or families. Most private insurers also cover Hospice care.
Since Hospice Care is only available for 6 months, should one delay enrollment as long as possible?
Most Hospice patients can stay on hospice care as long as is medically necessary while the disease takes its normal course. Hospice eligibility requires a prognosis of less than six months, but patients who survive that period can be re-certified for continued hospice care as necessary.
Can patients go back to the hospital once they choose Hospice Care at home?
While everything will be done to keep patients in their homes, there may be a need to return to the hospital. Hospice nurses will coordinate the transfer with the family.
Do patients have to give up their own doctor once they choose Hospice Care?
Individuals may keep their own physician, who will then works= closely with hospice professionals.