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Assisted Living Program

Assisted Living Program


Important information for residents of assisted living facilities

What is assisted living?

Assisted living facilities are much like traditional apartments that offer privacy and independence for elderly or disabled persons who have some difficulty with activities of daily living. Assisted living facilities provide extra services with minimal assistance and supervision. Assisted living facilities are not designed to provide medical care, but some will provide assistance with taking medications and help during an emergency.

Who should consider assisted living?

Elderly or disabled persons who wish to remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible, but who DO NOT require nursing care or 24 hour supervision.

Levels of Care
        Facilities in Rhode Island are licensed by “levels of care”. The facility has the authority to admit residents
        according to the following classifications for fire (F) and medication (M).
       
        Level FI     for residents who are not capable of self preservation
        Level FII    for residents who are capable of self preservation
        Level MI    storing and administration of maintenance dose medications
        Level MII   for residents with self administration of medications

What types of services do assisted living facilities offer?

It depends on the facility so you must ask for a complete list of services and charges. Most facilities offer a meal plan and residents are served three meals a day in a dining room setting. Room service is usually an extra fee as are many other services.
   
    transportation to medical appointments or for shopping and errands
    homemaker services for cleaning, laundry and meal preparation
    personal care assistance for help with bathing, dressing or medications
    organized activities for residents such as exercise classes, art instruction, trips to museums, shopping malls,
    parks, etc.
    special dining service arrangements including meal delivery

How is assisted living paid for?

Each person’s financial situation is different, but facilities usually are compensated through private funds (income, savings, pension, etc.) or through Social Security and/or Medicaid benefits. Often payment is made through a combination of sources.


Make a list of things that are important to you:

    living in the city or country
    being near friends and relatives
    keeping a pet
    having a parking space
    safe places to walk
    living near your doctor
    being able to socialize
    participation in organized activities
    living near a church or temple
    getting help with housework
    having help with errands
    using transportation services
    outdoor facilities for sitting
    living near grocery store/pharmacy
    full handicapped access
    a dining room or meal service
    access to emergency call buttons
    prompt emergency care
    smoking allowed

Choosing a Facility

    Make a detailed list of all the things that are important to you.
    Carefully go over your financial situation and plan a budget.
    Decide what you need to remain independent.
    Talk to family, friends and your doctor about your needs and wishes.
    Plan to visit several facilities and speak to residents there.
    Call the Alliance at 401-785-3340 or 1-888-351-0808 for more detailed information and a list of facilities
    in Rhode Island.

Important things to look for when visiting a facility for the first time ….

    Pay attention to how you are greeted and treated by facility representatives.
    Does the facility seem well organized, clean and pleasant in appearance?
    Are all areas of the facility handicap accessible?
    Take notice of parking areas, entrances and exits, elevators and handrails.
    Are heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems working?
    Is the entire facility comfortable?
    Speak to residents and ask if they are happy with their living arrangements, staff and services.
    Ask for a complete list of rules and regulations along with payment policies and contracts.
    Make sure you inspect the apartment and take notice of any repairs that are needed before you 
    move  in.
    Ask for a tour of the kitchen and dining room. Eat a meal there if possible and ask to see the
    menu plan.


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