Assisted Living Senior Housing - It is all in the name ...

Learn more about the terminology used in State Licensing Requirement for Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)

Licensing requirements for Assisted Living Facilities - ALF are controlled at the State level. Each State has the control to select the terminology of how to refer to various types of Assisted Living Facilities - ALF's in their state. Many states have slightly different names and definitions for Assisted Living Facilities - ALF's in their State compared to other States. However all of the states are referring to a similar "assisted living lifestyle" for seniors.

Some of the common names for Assisted Living Facilities used by states are listed below. Note that this is a partial list. A link to State licensing requirements for Assisted Living Facilities - ALF maintained by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is included below along with other helpful information about Assisted Living Facilities. See - How Do You Know What Terminology Your State Uses?

Here are some common names for Assisted Living Facilities - ALF and common acronyms:

Libby Bortz Assisted Living
Libby Bortz Assisted Living

More about Assisted Living Facilities - ALF

Assisted Living Facilities - ALF are State-regulated (regulations vary among states). They are rental properties that provide an independent living environment, but also provide care to those needing assistance with activities of daily living (ADL's) including management of medications, bathing, dressing, toileting and eating, residents require less assistance than that at a skilled nursing facility. The fee schedule is regular monthly rent along with additional fees for specific services and Medicare does not generally cover care in these facilities. The community may be a large location or a single family residence converted into an Assisted Living residence; many have private living space and a kitchenette. Some of these facilities provide care for Alzheimer's and related dementia conditions.

Number of Residents in Assisted Living Facilities - ALF

The number of residents in an Assisted Living Facility is usually what defines the specific name and licensing that a State uses to refer to that type of facility. For example the terms Adult Care Home, Family Care Home or Adult Foster Home may at the State level refer to private residences that provides a home-like setting, and serves 5 or less residents. The name Assisted Living Communities or Residential Care Facilities may be an official State name for State-regulated rental properties where six or more seniors reside and receive supportive services.

How Do You Know What Terminology Your State Uses?

To find out what terms your State uses for Assisted Living Facilities and more information about licensing for Assisted Living Facilities in a specific state the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services works with State agencies to provide online copies of the statutes, regulations and reports in a central Compendium. Visit this online resource, find your state and review the State's information:
Residential Care and Assisted Living Compendium from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Choosing an Assisted Living Facilities - ALF

A good match between a community and a senior's needs depends as much on the philosophy and services of the facility as it does on the quality of care. The following suggestions can help you get started in your search for a safe and comfortable Assisted Living Facilities - ALF.

Learn More About Your Long-term Care Ombudsman

Under the Federal Older Americans Act, every State is required to have an Ombudsman Program. A Long-term Care Ombudsman is a volunteer advocate who works to resolve concerns or issues between residents and long term care facilities, such as assisted living or nursing homes. Volunteers are usually a part of a public, government, or community-supported program. They advocate for the rights of all residents in senior housing facilities. An Ombudsman will visit local facilities regularly, monitor conditions of care, investigate complaints and mediate disputes involving meals, finances, medication, therapy, placements and communication with the staff.

Assisted Living Facilities that Offer Skilled Nursing & Nursing Home Compare

Nursing Home Compare is a program supported by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The two groups support online resources that have detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. A consumer can compare the quality of the Nursing Homes using a Five-Star Quality Ratings, health inspection results, nursing home staff data, quality measures, and fire safety inspection results. If the Assisted Living Facility you are considering has an affiliated Nursing Home then you can check the rating of the nursing home to help evaluate the potential care that the affiliated Assisted Living Facility will provide.
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