Assisted Living Facilities

Residential housing that maximizes an individual's ability to live independently and provides a lower level of assistance than that at a skilled nursing facility. Services include 24-hour on-call assistance and help with personal and home care such as bathing, dressing, meals, and housekeeping. Some of these facilities do provide specific Alzheimer's Disease services. Medicare does not generally cover care in these facilities.

More Common Terms

  • Spend Down A requirement that an individual use up most of his or her own income to meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
  • Ombudsman A professional who investigates and resolves complaints on behalf of residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • Conservator An individual or public or private agency appointed by a court to provide legal representation for an individual who can no longer manage his or her own affairs.

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