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Is assisted living the same as a nursing home?
An assisted living facility is not the same as a nursing home. Nursing homes provide skilled nursing care for those who suffer from conditions or disabilities that call for intensive, ongoing medical assistance. Assisted living facilities typically cater to seniors who need less medical care and who require a living situation that provides more independence than is typical at a nursing home.
However, some assisted living facilities also provide skilled nursing care for residents who need it. At several locations around the country, you can find independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities all on the same campus, allowing residents to make a smoother transition from one to the other.
How much does it cost to live in an assisted living facility?
The cost of residing in an assisted living facility can vary based on location and the size of the unit being rented. The national median average for renting a one-bedroom apartment in an assisted living facility comes in at around $3,500 per month.
If you have long-term care insurance, this coverage will usually assist with the costs associated with residing in an assisted living facility. Some seniors who don't have long-term care insurance cover the costs associated with assisted living by selling their homes. In cases where a couple owns property and only one person in a couple requires assisted living, the partner who is remaining at home will sometimes take out a reverse mortgage on the property to cover costs.
What services are provided in assisted living facilities?
Assisted living facilities provide a wide range of services that can help seniors who have trouble handling tasks related to basic self-care. These facilities can provide daily meals, and assist with bathing, grooming, and toileting. They can help with basic housekeeping and laundry, and they also provide 24-hour security that creates a safe environment for seniors. Assisted living facilities can also provide seniors with easy access to transportation, and offer social programs that can help give seniors a sense of community.
Is assisted living covered by Medicare?
Medicare doesn't typically cover costs directly associated with assisted living. However, Medicare might be used to pay qualified healthcare costs for someone who is staying at an assisted living facility. These costs may include expenses associated with doctor visits and prescriptions.
While Medicare doesn't usually cover assisted living, it typically covers the costs directly associated with staying in a skilled nursing facility (also known as a nursing home). Medicare also commonly covers the cost of hiring a professional to provide home health care.
What is an assisted living facility?
An assisted living facility is a residence that provides long-term care and support for seniors, while allowing them to live more independently than they would if they were residing in a nursing home. These facilities can provide seniors with regular meals and assist with tasks such as bathing, medication management, basic housekeeping, laundry, and getting dressed. Assisted living facilities also provide round-the-clock security and assistance with transportation. Some assisted living facilities provide access to skilled nursing care for those who need more intensive medical support.
What are the safest windows for a children’s room?
Windows that open from the top are safest for children, assuming the child can't reach the opening. Parents who have windows that open from the bottom or sides can childproof them with wedges or window guards.
What are questions to ask a window installation company?
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you have any references or past work I can see?
- Do you provide free estimates?
- How much will the project cost?
- When will the project be completed?
- Is the crew hired or contracted, and do you conduct background checks?
- Who will be in my home?
- Do you offer a warranty?
Should all windows be replaced at the same time?
Not necessarily. Unless all the windows are equally damaged or pose equal danger, homeowners can stagger their replacements to suit their budget.
What are the options on window frames?
- Wood frames are beautiful and can be customized with paint and stains, but they also expand and contract as the weather changes. They're also susceptible to rot, mold, and pests. As such, wood frames require constant maintenance.
- Vinyl frames are far more durable than wood. They resist moisture and are usually created with ultraviolet light stabilizers. This prevents the sun from damaging the frames over time. In addition, vinyl frames can be filled with insulation.
- Aluminum frames are light and weather resistant, but they also conduct heat rapidly.
- Fiberglass frames are the sturdiest option. Like vinyl options, they can be filled with insulation. Fiberglass frames also resist weather damage and do not crack, peel, expand, contract, bend, or warp.
What's the difference between single-, double-, and triple-pane windows?
Single-pane windows use one sheet of glass. Double-pane windows use two sheets of glass held together by a sealant. A small space between the panes is filled with air or gas to minimize the transfer of heat. Triple-pane windows add another sheet of glass and insulating space.