WHAT IS ASSISTED LIVING?
Assisted living can be the best of both worlds. Residents have as much independence as they want with the comfort and knowledge that personal care and support services are available if they should need them. Assisted living is intended to provide residents with assistance with basic activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and medication assistance and/or reminders as needed. Assisted living facilities offer a less complex level of medical services than that of nursing homes.
At Bear Grass Suites, residents have a suite that is made up of a kitchenette/living area, bedroom, and private bathroom with a walk in shower. Bear Grass Suites features a very “homey” feel to each suite as well as the common areas.
WHO NEEDS ASSISTED LIVING?
Assisted living residents are usually seniors, age 55 and up, who have had either a slight decline in health in some way and need assistance performing one or more activities of daily living (ADLs), or would like to live in a social environment with less responsibility and a place where care is easily accessible whenever the resident may need.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ASSISTED LIVING & NURSING HOMES?
Nursing homes are intended to meet the needs of older adults who require 24 hour care at a much higher level than those that reside at an assisted living, such as Bear Grass Suites.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE RESIDENT’S LEVEL OF CARE NEEDS TO INCREASE?
At Bear Grass Suites, the resident is able to age in place. We are able to provide this by having a few options. Health care providers can be contracted, so that the resident can remain in his/her home at Bear Grass Suites as the level of care increases. The care is paid for on top of the monthly rent and varies depending on the amount of care needed.
WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES are provided?
Assisted living communities offer their residents prepared meals three times a day and help with light housekeeping and laundry. In our local community our residents have access to a fitness center, swimming pools, beauty salons, post office, bank, grocery store, and pharmacy. Bear Grass Suites Assisted Living provides activities, which are geared toward meeting individual resident needs and interests.
HOW ARE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES LICENSED?
Montana has set regulations to clearly distinguish an assisted living community from other long-term care facilities. Bear Grass Suites is currently a category A license holder. The state of Montana also monitors and regulates resident care, food, and safety.
HOW DO YOU PAY FOR ASSISTED LIVING?
Assisted living is typically paid for from private funds, but there are a few exceptions. Some long-term care insurance policies cover licensed assisted living. Check your or your loved one’s insurance policy to see if it is covered. Also, if the resident is a veteran of a war or is the spouse of a war veteran, he/she may qualify for some Veteran’s Benefits that can be used to help pay for the assisted living.
* This information is adapted from www.assistedlivinginfo.com