Assisted Living

Assisted Living source is committed to helping families find the right care solution for their aging loved ones. We offer a free, private service to connect families with those providers that can meet their unique needs. We make searching for the right provider simple: just select the type of care you need by clicking on the associated tab above, then enter the location in which you need care in the field provided. Search results will include a list of providers in that area as well as a map plotting where each is located. From the results page, care seekers, can click to view each provider's detailed profile, complete with photos, description and amenity list.

If you're not sure what level of care your family needs, the following will help shed light on exactly what an assisted living facility has to offer.

Assisted living is designed for people who do not need 24 hour nursing care, but do need some assistance with activities of daily living, or 'ADLs' for short. This level of care typically includes meal preparation, laundry services and housekeeping, and when needed, assistance with bathing, ambulating, dressing and medication. For seniors with dementia, you want to research those senior assisted living communities offering memory care as they are specially equipped to meet the unique needs of seniors suffering from dementia.

One size does not fit all when it comes to the services offered at senior assisted living facilities. Most of these communities will create a unique service plan enabling residents to maintain their current lifestyle while benefiting from specific services they need. These assisted living centers evaluate residents on an on-going basis in order to continue tailoring services to their changing needs. Costs vary for assisted living services, as well as the level of care available in an assisted living facility.

Assisted living homes may also be called Adult Family Home, Personal Care Home, Board and Care, Long Term Care Facilities , Residential Care Facility, or Adult Congregate Care.

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To find the right assisted living community enter a location to search for communities in the area. Start by perusing the pictures and descriptions of each community in the area.

Make sure to review amenities and services to find out what each facility has to offer, and the level of care services available. Most facilities will give you pricing and payment information up front as well as important information such as whether they allow pets, or are well suited for couples.

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Counseling Required for Assisted Living?

There's been much talk about a law passed in the state of Minnesota requiring that families receive counseling before moving into assisted living. Will this gain popularity and other states follow suit?

The law has received much criticism both from the assisted living industry and the public. It may seem to stem from the good intention of helping seniors and their families to determine whether assisted living is the most affordable and most appropriate option for them. Indeed counseling may be a good idea for seniors considering assisted living. However, as with many mandates of this sort the driver behind it is primarily monetary. The state seeks to save money through this measure by presumably preventing unnecessary assisted living placements, and where assisted living is deemed necessary steering seniors to more affordable options.

Most assisted living residents pay with private funds so seniors and their families are rejecting the counseling requirement with the argument that the government should have no control over how they spend their own money. The government however argues that some assisted living residents will eventually utilize public funds when their own funds are depleted (12% currently in MN), therefore a families decision to place a loved one in assisted living can impact the state's budget. Lastly, assisted living communities are concerned about how this will impact their business and argue that at this point in the decision making process the counseling is too late to be helpful.