Assisted Living Facility
Assisted living facilities (ALFs) are long-term residential care facilities for seniors and disabled adults. They serve as the middle ground between independent living and nursing homes that deliver 24-hour care, by offering housing, meals, and personal assistance to residents.
What Services Do Assisted Living Facilities Offer Residents?
Below is a list of basic services offered in most assisted living facilities:
- meal service including accommodations for special diets and nutritional planning
- help with bathing, dressing, eating, and walking throughout the facility
- administration of medication or reminders for residents to take their medication
- resident supervision
- setting appointments for doctor visits, specialist visits, and dentist visits
- providing or arranging transportation to and from appointments
- health monitoring
- respite care to provide temporary relief for primary caregivers that might need a break
- social and leisure activities such as dances, concerts, cards, knitting, board games, and more
- mental health services
Who Can Live in Assisted Living Facilities?
Those who wish to move into an assisted living facility generally must be:
- incapable of living independently in their own apartment or house
- in need of assistance or supervision for personal care such as eating, walking, hygiene, and going to the bathroom
- in need of assistance with prescription medications
- in need of basic nursing services, but doesn’t require 24-hour care
- in need of routine mental health service, but doesn’t require 24-hour care
What Legal Rights Do Residents Have in an Assisted Care Facility?
Many states have a bill of rights for nursing home residents. Some of the highlights include the right to:
- live in a safe environment without suffering abuse or neglect
- keep and use clothing and personal property, unless it interferes with safety or infringes upon the rights of other residents
- unrestricted communication from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. including mail, telephone access, and visitors
- participate in community services and activities to maintain the highest possible level of independence and autonomy
- manage their personal finances if able
- share a room with a spouse who is also a resident
- be outdoors during the week and have the opportunity for regular exercise
- exercise civil and religious freedoms
- assistance with access to health care
- a notice of 45 days or more if the facility wishes to relocate a resident or terminate their residency
- voice grievances and participate in discussions about policies, procedures, and services with staff, officials, and others without discrimination or fear of repercussions
- access to ombudsman and advocates
- associate with special interest groups
If you suspect that an elder you love has been abused or neglected in an assisted living facility, your loved one might be eligible for compensation. Call a nursing home abuse lawyer at 1-800-516-4783 for a confidential and free consultation to discuss the best way forward for your loved one.
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