Typically, Assisted Living Facilities are large, elegant, hotel-like buildings which house anywhere from 50 -150 residents.  Assisted Livings are often referred to as Retirement communities.  Residents who reside in these facilities are seniors who are largely independent & don’t need a lot of assistance with personal care or activities of daily living.

Most Assisted Living Facilities have studio or small one-bedroom apartments and include meals in the main dining room, cleaning & laundry services in the base price. Other services may include a variety of in-house activities and a facility bus for residents to go out and do shopping or other tasks.  Assistance with personal care & activities of daily living are offered for an additional fee and are determined based on a points scale or tiered system and depend on the functional level of the individual.

Most Assisted Living Facilities have 2-3 caregivers available to assist anywhere from 50 to 150 residents. Typically, Assisted Livings also have 1-2 medication technicians assigned to manage and administer medications for 50- 150 residents. These staffing ratios may be lower during overnight hours. Types of services and activities may have some variation between facilities, but typically the structure and amounts and types of care and service are pretty standard. Before choosing an assisted living setting it is recommended to inquire about staffing availability and types of services offered in that particular facility to ensure the needs of your loved one can be met now and in the future as care needs increase.

Rules & regulations vary from state to state.  In Nevada, Assisted Living facilities & Residential Care Homes operate according to Nevada State Laws and Regulations and are overseen by BHCQC (Bureau of Health Care Quality & Compliance).   All facilities under RFFG’s receive annual surveys with a letter grade and unannounced visits from the state Ombudsman to ensure basic minimum standard of care are followed.  Click here for more info on Nevada’s Rules and Regulations.

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