Cedar Community has four facilities specializing in Assisted Living. They are Cedar Bay – West (107 apartments); Cedar Bay – East (54 apartments); Cedar Bay at Elkhart Lake (27 apartments); and, Friendship House – Specializing on assisted living for those benefiting in memory care services (19 apartments).
Assisted living is the fastest growing category for seniors seeking housing alternatives designed for additional service options. I am sharing in this blog information provided by WAHSA – the Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging). I hope this may help those of you seeking more information when making choices for assisted living.
Top 23 Questions to Ask
When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
1. Do residents socialize with each other and appear happy and comfortable?
2. Are you able to talk with residents about how they like the residence and staff?
3. Do the staff members treat each other in a professional manner?
4. Are the staff members that you pass during your tour friendly to you?
5. Are visits with the resident welcome at any time?
6. Is the community well-designed for your needs?
7. Does a physician or nurse visit residents regularly to provide medical checkups?
8. To what extent are medical services available, and how are these services provided?
9. Does the residence have a means of security if a resident wanders?
10. How does the facility address resident needs for activities of daily living, which include dressing, eating, mobility, hygiene and grooming, bathing, toileting, using the telephone, shopping, and laundry?
11. Are pharmacy, barber/beautician, and/or physical therapy services offered on-site?
12. Does the residence have specific policies regarding storage of medication, assistance with medications, training and supervision of staff, and record keeping?
13. Is self-administration of medication allowed?
14. Do dining room menus vary from day to day and meal to meal?
15. Does the residence provide three nutritionally balanced meals a day, seven days a week?
16. Is a 24-hour emergency response system accessible from the unit?
17. Are bathrooms private and designed to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers?
18. Are residents able to bring their own furnishings for their unit? What may they bring? What is provided?
19. Does the residence have its own pets?
20. Does the residence provide transportation to doctors’ offices, the hairdresser, shopping, and other activities desired by residents?
21. What funding mechanism are available? Most assisted living facilities are private pay only. Medicare and often times Medicaid are not accepted forms of payment. (Each facility will be different)
22. Does the facility accept long-term care insurance? Some long-term care insurers only will pay for care in “licensed” assisted living facilities.
23. Does the facility accept VA benefits or waivers?
Note: Regarding the State of Wisconsin
There are three types of assisted living in Wisconsin: community-based residential facilities (CBRF), adult family homes (AFH), and residential care apartment complexes (RCAC). Assisted living facilities are designed to provide residential environments that enhance independence to the extent possible and are the least restrictive of each resident’s freedom. Regulatory oversight is provided by the Office of Quality Assurance in the Department of Health and Family Services.
In summary, it is important to contrast and compare two or three assisted living options in your area before making a decision. Assisted living is an excellent alternative and transition between home and nursing home and has quickly become one of the most popular options for “aging in place.”
For more information, contact Cedar Community (262-306-2100).