Both Type I and Type II Assisted Living facilities can offer personal assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, grooming, etc. However, in order for admission to a Type I facility, “a resident must be able to achieve mobility sufficient enough to exit the facility without the assistance of another person.” This and other guidelines are defined by Utah Health Department . To make the question easily answered-if there is a reason to get out of the building very quickly, the resident must be able to get out of bed to their walker or wheelchair without assistance, and get out the door. Apple Village Assisted Living is a Type II Assisted Living Facility, Apple Tree Assisted Living and Gardens Assisted Living are a Type I.
Residents or their families generally pay for the cost of care from their own financial resources. Depending on the nature of an individual’s health insurance program or long-term care insurance policy, costs may be reimbursed. Government payments for Assisted Living is limited, but is available on the program called New Choice Waiver. Some state and local governments offer subsidies for rent or services for low income seniors. Others may provide subsidies in the form of an additional payment for those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. Some states also utilize Medicaid waiver programs to help pay for Assisted Living services. The Veterans Administration also offers an “Aid and Attendance” benefit that can be beneficial when Assisted Living is necessary.
Assisted Living communities can range from a high-rise apartment complex to a converted Victorian home to a renovated school. They may be free standing or housed with other residential options, such as independent living or nursing care. Most facilities have between 25 and 120 units. There is no single blueprint because consumers’ preferences and needs vary widely. Units may vary in size from one room to a full apartment. Amenities usually include common dining and living areas. Apple Village has 80 beds, 20 in each wing, including 20 Memory Care rooms in our Apple Inn. Apple Tree has 65 rooms, and Gardens has 69 rooms.
Currently, more than a million Americans live in an estimated 30,000 Assisted Living facilities. Assisted Living residents can be young or old, affluent or low income, strong or frail. A typical resident is age 83 or older, is female, and is either widowed or single. Residents may suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or other memory disorders. Residents may also need help with incontinent care or mobility. Our Cozy Retire communities can care for any and all levels of care, and any age.
Regulations and licensing vary from state to state contributing to the wide range of senior housing models considered Assisted Living. Most providers and their staff have special training required by either state regulation or company policy. Some states require special staff certifications and training. Facilities must comply with local building codes and fire safety regulations. The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) believes the most successful regulations are consumer driven, balancing the safety concerns we all share with the consumers’ desire to retain their independence and freedom of choice.
For more information on Utah’s Assisted Living Regulations, click here Utah Health Department.
Additional Related Information
More information about Assisted Living and senior related issues can be found at the following locations:
Utah Assisted Living Association (UALA)
Utah Senior Planning
American Diabetes Association
American Cancer Society
Disability Benefits Guide
Social Security Disability Benefit Calculator