Assisted Living Centers for Seniors

Assisted living communities provide care to elderly or disabled adults who are unable to perform any two of six activities of daily living (ADLs) without some form of assistance. The six commonly accepted ADLs are: bathing, walking, transferring, toileting, continence, and eating. People who live in assisted living communities may not need around-the-clock monitoring, but many of these facilities do provide intensive monitoring for residents who struggle with dementia or serious health problems. In addition to medical services, most assisted living centers also offer social events such as game nights, communal dinners, shopping trips, exercise classes and more. We've evaluated several nationally known assisted living communities to bring you our top three choices: They are Brookdale Senior Living, Inc (headquartered in Brentwood, TN), Genesis HealthCare (headquartered in Kennett Square, PA), and HCR ManorCare (headquartered in Toledo, OH). Read on to learn more about choosing the best assisted living option.

 

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  1. What does Brookdale have to offer?
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    Brookdale offers a wide range of assisted living options ranging from memory care to traditional assisted living. Brookdale's assisted living program includes daily activities, medication assistance and more.

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  2. What can residents of HCR ManorCare expect?
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    HCR provides care for people who need additional help after leaving the hospital. The company offers high-quality assisted living communities in numerous states, offering wellness courses, holiday events, monitoring, health information and more.

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  3. Does Medicare pay for assisted living services?
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    Medicare, which is the health insurance program for older Americans age 65 and older, does not pay for assisted living services or other types of long-term care services. Medicare provides limited benefits for skilled nursing assistance that is related to the recovery and rehabilitation from a covered medical service; however, this should not be confused with a long-term need for assistance.

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  4. Do assisted living companies offer the same services as skilled nursing facilities?
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    Assisted living companies differ from skilled nursing facilities in that they do not provide 24/7 skilled nursing or physician services. The nature of assistance provided in an assisted living community is not deemed as critical or requiring monitoring from a medical professional.

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  5. How are assisted living companies regulated?
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    Assisted living companies are licensed and regulated under the laws of the respective states in which their facilities are located. Further, those facilities that accept patients who  use Medicaid for the payment of services or Medicaid reimbursements (and Medicare under certain circumstances) are subject to the regulations set forth by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

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  6. What does Genesis HealthCare have to offer?
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    Genesis staffs hundreds of medical facilities throughout the country, including numerous skilled nursing and assisted living centers in 34 states. Residents of the Genesis assisted living program are helped to maintain active lifestyles.

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  7. What type of insurance pays for assisted living?
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    Assisted living may be paid for through private resources or through the use of a long-term care insurance rider purchased in connection with a life insurance policy. Individual long-term care plans may also be purchased to defray the costs associated with assisted living care. Individuals who qualify for Medicaid, a program that provides medical benefits to those persons who meet certain low-income thresholds, may have their assisted living care costs paid through that program.

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