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Retirement Community

Assisted Living Community/
Residential Care

Memory Care Skilled Nursing Community
Resident Needs Independent but desires convenience of services provided (see below). Lifestyle choice. Requires basic services offered in Retirement Community but in addition, assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Enhanced services for cognitively impaired residents provided in Assisted Living/Residential Care or Skilled Nursing setting. Requires enhanced services including assistance with ADLs and skilled nursing and/or rehab/therapy services.
Services Provided Emergency response system. 1 to 3 meals per day in community dining room. Maintenance and weekly housekeeping services. Planned activities. Scheduled transportation. Emergency response system. 3 meals per day. Maintenance and weekly housekeeping services. Planned activities. Scheduled transportation. Staff available 24 hours per day.
Services, staffing, accommodations, costs, payment and regulations vary by care setting.
Emergency response system. 3 meals per day. Maintenance and daily housekeeping services. Planned activities. Scheduled transportation. Assistance with ADLs. 24-hour skilled nursing Rehab/therapy services.
Staffing Hospitality professionals. Mix of hospitality professionals with trained nursing and resident care staff.
Vary by care setting. Licensed certified nurses, nurses aides, therapy and rehab professionals.
Accommodations Private studio, 1 or 2 bedroom apartments. Private kitchens. Home-like atmosphere. Private studio, l or 2 bedroom apartments. Many with kitchenettes. Home-like atmosphere. Vary by care setting. Private and shared rooms. Some private baths. No kitchens. Home-like atmosphere.
Costs  Monthly rental.
Monthly rental.  Variable rates for personal care services. Vary by care setting. Daily rate with additional costs associated with payment source.
Payment Private.

Private.
Medicaid funding in select communities.
LTC insurance and VA.

Vary by care setting.

Private.
Medicaid.
Medicare.
Insurance.
VA in select locations.

Regulation State regulation. State regulation. Vary by care setting. Federal and State regulation.