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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ’s from the Kentucky Assisted Living Association website.

What services and arrangements are provided by Arcadia’s assisted living community?
Arcadia’s assisted living community provides each client with a separate living unit that includes a lockable door and private bathroom. Meals, housekeeping, transportation, laundry, activities, an emergency call system, daily courtesy check-ins, maintenance and grounds care, resident parking, 24-hour staff on-site, utilities (except phone and cable) and clerical services are also available. Each client may directly arrange with an outside agency or individual to receive health care services, subject to any related policy of the assisted living community. 3rd Party home care providers are also available on-site in select locations. Services may vary by location.
Is an assisted living community the same as a nursing home?
No. Assisted living communities are defined and regulated differently than nursing homes, although some of the same services may be provided. Each State regulates and defines Assisted Living differently. Depending upon the type of license held both assisted living communities and nursing homes may be able provide assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, eating, transferring). However, nursing homes can deliver health care services, while a client in an assisted living community must directly arrange with an outside agency or individual to receive health care services. Generally speaking, assisted living communities offer more privacy and independence, because each client has a separate living unit with a lockable door, private bathroom and usually an individual thermostat control.
Do I have to share a living unit (i.e., apartment) with another client?
No. However, you can request to share a living unit with a spouse or another individual under mutual agreement.
Do I have to sign any legal papers?
Yes. An assisted living community is required under law to provide you with a lease agreement for your thorough review, which then must be signed. This lease agreement addresses all provisions, policies, rights, responsibilities and protections for both the client and the assisted living community.
Will you provide me with transportation to my doctor, hairdresser, etc.?
Yes. Assisted living communities are required to provide assistance with transportation. Carefully read the lease agreement to determine how and when transportation is provided.
Can someone help me take my medication?
Yes, to an extent. The assisted living community employees can, at your request, assist you in self-administering your own medication. In other words, they can remind you to take your medication, read labels, help open your medication containers and help store your medication. However, employees can’t touch the actual medication, determine or administer dosages, give injections or advise you about the appropriateness of your medication. You must directly arrange with an outside agency or individual to receive those services, such as your pharmacist, doctor, home health agency or another qualified person of your choice.
Can I bring furniture and furnishings for my living unit?
Yes. Arcadia Communities encourages clients to bring their own furniture, furnishings and keepsakes to help make it their home.
What determines the cost of living in an assisted living community?
The cost of living in an assisted living community will usually depend on the size/type of your living unit, assistance you need and any additional services you might request. Arcadia Communities will disclose all available services and fees, so you can make an informed decision.
Are the assisted living community employees required to be trained?
Yes. Arcadia employees are trained on a variety of key topics applicable to their assigned duties.
Do you conduct criminal records checks on your employees?
Yes. Assisted living communities are required to conduct criminal records checks on employee applicants.
Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for assisted living services?
No. Neither Medicare nor Medicaid pays for these services. However, you might qualify for coverage if you’re receiving health care services from an outside licensed health care provider.
Do long term care insurance policies pay for services in assisted living communities?
Some long term care insurance policies pay for services in assisted living communities. However, because coverage provisions vary, carefully read and compare policies.
Will I ever have to move out of the assisted living community?
Kentucky law requires that a client must be ambulatory or be mobile nonambulatory, such as able to get around with a walker or in a wheelchair without assistance. Any client who needs health care services must directly arrange to receive those services from an outside agency or individual, or otherwise be required to move out of the assisted living community. In addition, any client who poses a danger to self or others must move out. Last, a client who is unable to continue paying for services must be given at least a 30-day notice by the assisted living community before being required to move out. An assisted living community that issues a move-out notice must have provisions for assisting the client in finding appropriate living arrangements prior to the actual move-out date.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

American Association of Retired Persons
Assisted Living Federation of America
American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA)
Alzheimer’s Association
Leading Age
Medicare Information
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Health Care Association
Kentucky Assisted Living (KALFA)
Michigan Assisted Living Association