Assisted Living communities are for residents that are no longer able to live on their own alone without assistance with activities of daily living. Many Independent Living communities do offer Assisted Living on site or there are stand alone Assisted Living communities. They are set up just like Independent Living without the full size kitchens and offer 3 meals a day and specialized diets for their residents. They also provide all the amenities as Independent Living such as planned daily activities, events and outings depending on the community.
Some Assisted Living communities offer suite or studio size apartments only. There also shared rooms to keep the costs down for rent. They usually have a nurse on site during the day and on call at night. They also provide visiting physicians and physical/occupational/speech therapy on site.
State Licensing for Assisted Living
Not all Assisted Living communities are required to be licensed in the State of Michigan. If they are licensed, they have their own care staff on site for their residents. Most Assisted Living are private pay only. Some Assisted Living communities accept Medicaid Waivers and government programs. Some Long Term Care insurance policies cover the rent and care charges at only licensed Assisted Living communities.
Assisted Living is recognized by the State of Michigan as Adult Foster Care Homes and Homes for the Aged. Many of the facilities use the words Assisted Living for marketing purposes and is a term more recognized by people.
Assisted Living communities offer the following activities of daily care needs provided by their home care company or their own care.
- Medication Management
- Oxygen Care
- Diabetic Care - Sliding Scale, Oral, Insulin
- 1 or 2 person transfers
- Hoyer Lift/Bedridden
- Pureed Foods/Special diets
- Incontinence care-Bowel/Bladder