Frequently Asked Questions about Assisted Living

What is assisted living?

Assisted living is an affordable, residential alternative to institutional nursing home care for seniors. It offers personalized assistance, supportive services and health care in a professional managed group environment.

The term "assisted living" is defined by the Virginia Department of Social Services as any group residential program that is not licensed as a nursing home and that provides personal care and supportive services to people who need help with daily living activities as a result of physical or cognitive disability.

Assisted living communities go by a variety of names: adult homes, personal care homes, retirement residences, sheltered housing. Local jurisdictions vary in their definitions and requirements. Many assisted living facilities also have professional nurses and other health care professionals on staff or available on call should a resident require special care.

How much does assisted living cost?

Costs for assisted living vary according to care needs and types of services required by residents. At our facilities there is no long-term lease or endowment required. One affordable, monthly fee covers just about everything; however, medications and beauty shop not included.

Please contact us for our rates.

What should I look for in assisted living community?

In addition to visiting several communities and talking to residents and staff, it is important to do a careful comparison of fees and services. An all-inclusive fee that seems to be high at first could turn out to be more advantageous than a fee-for-service arrangement that combines a low basic rate with extra charges for the services you need.

Who lives in assisted living residences?

Assisted living is appropriate for seniors who can no longer live on their own at home but who do not need 24-hour skilled nursing care, but need 24-hours care by a trained staff. Residents may need help with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing and dressing, medication administration, and care of incontinence.

What about care plans for residents?

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Where can I get more information?

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