As you may know, Assisted Living is a housing model that that helps older adults live as independently as possible. With support services in place, residents have more time to spend on the things they enjoy (e.g., reading, traveling, visiting with friends or resting) rather than the things they find burdensome (such as cleaning, cooking and housekeeping). It’s also perfect for individuals who are weary of the responsibilities of homeownership and/or tired of living alone.
While each Assisted Living community has its unique features and nuances, we’re suggesting five important items to consider when gathering information about a campus or complex. Answers to these key questions will allow you to obtain the best information, make realistic comparisons between communities and find a good match for the needs and desires of you or a loved one who may be considering this living option.
Undoubtedly, cost is a top concern when considering Assisted Living, so make sure to find out exactly what type of services are provided and at what price level. Some entities list a very low monthly rent, but once you look further, added costs for needed services can make the total amount unaffordable. Additionally, some facilities charge by the minute while others charge for the service – and some do both, so make sure to drill down into the details. At Kavod, ALL our amenities – meals, activities and care – are covered under one price.
It’s important to think long term by learning the amount of income or assets you’ll need to move in– and stay in – a community. Many facilities will not allow you to lease an apartment unless you can pay full market value for at least two or three years before a potential need to convert to Medicaid. In fact, many do not accept Medicaid AT ALL, so if your assets dwindle during your stay, you’ll be asked to leave. Kavod not only accepts Medicaid but only requires a one-year spend-down on most units, which is a rare benefit across the Denver area.
Ask the average length of employee tenure– the more turnover, the less likely it will be to have consistency of care. According to national studies, the average turnover rate in Assisted Living communities hovers around 35%. By stark contrast, Kavod only has a 7% turnover rate, so staff members can get to know our residents and provide the kind of care that comes with long-term, relational knowledge.
To keep costs low, many Assisted Living communities offer shared rooms or shared bathrooms. Make sure to ask about privacy and sharing options. All of Kavod’s rooms are spacious and private, located near a dedicated dining room, gathering room and relaxing lobby.
Are pets allowed? At Kavod, we don’t want residents to have to part with their “fur children” when moving into Assisted Living! Our pet-friendly community may be the purr-fect place for Fido, Whiskers or other domestic pet under 25 pounds.
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Next month we’ll highlight five more questions that will help you find your perfect home to live with optimal health, enjoyment and ease, so check out our next blog in May.