- What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is part of a comprehensive health care continuum that provides the necessary level of services to frail elderly in an appropriate environment. Assisted living is a combination of housing and personalized support services in a non-institutional setting.
Our assisted living communities provide individual apartments or rooms, meals, housekeeping, laundry, activities, medication management, health status monitoring, and assistance with the activities of daily living.
Harmony assisted living communities provide "Standard" and "Supplemental" services for residents. Basic services may include physical, emotional, social, or restorative cares. Personal services may include assistance with the activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, bathing, ambulation, and recreational pursuits.
- Who Lives In Assisted Living Communities?
Assisted living communities offer a combination of housing, personalized support services, and health care services in a non-institutional setting. It is a housing concept that recognizes that many elderly need assistance but don't need a nursing home. Assisted living emphasizes the social and personal requirements of residents who need some assistance, but desire and deserve to age with dignity. Modern assisted living communities are designed to respond to the individual needs of seniors who require assistance, but do not need the level of nursing care provided in a skilled nursing community. These communities provide individual apartments or rooms, meals, housekeeping, laundry, activities, medication management, health status monitoring, and assistance with the activities of daily living.
Along with the comforts of home, modern assisted living communities are designed with many features to meet the needs of residents. Security measures include fire alarms and a sprinkler system along with trained staff on premise 24 hours a day. A variety of social, educational, and physical activities for every lifestyle are offered. There are many opportunities to make new and lasting friends.
- What Services Do Assisted Living Communities Offer?
Assisted living communities maximize independence by providing apartment-style living with services designed for older persons.
Assisted living communities often provide "Standard" and "Supplemental" services for residents. Basic services include physical, emotional, social, or restorative care. Personal services include assistance with the activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, bathing, ambulation, and recreational pursuits.
- Are All Assisted Living Communities Alike?
In general, assisted living communities fall into three categories:
- The HOSPITALITY model provides hotel-like services, such as meals, housekeeping, and laundry. These communities are suitable for healthy older persons with minimal service needs.
- The PERSONAL SERVICES model provides assistance for persons in frail health or in situations where the well spouse and the impaired spouse wish to continue living together. It is important to find out if persons with degenerative conditions can continue to reside in this type of assisted living facility if the condition worsens.
- The AGING-IN-PLACE model provides the greatest flexibility for residents. These communities are equipped to provide a broad array of care and can accommodate the changing needs of residents in an assisted living environment.
- Why Is Assisted Living Needed?
More people are living into their 80's and beyond, and more of them are living alone. An accident, chronic condition, or progressive decline in functional abilities can easily sideline a person's ability to live independently. Nursing homes are not the answer. Some industry experts maintain that one-fifth to one-third of nursing home residents should not be there in the first place. Their needs would be better served by alternatives within the community if available. On a limited scale, a number of federal demonstration projects have proven this true, and have shown the dollars-and-cents benefits of keeping the elderly out of nursing homes. This economic efficiency coincides nicely with the overwhelming preference people have to stay out of traditional nursing homes as long as they possibly can.
- Veterans Benefits
Are you a wartime veteran or their spouse? You may be qualified to receive up to $19,728 per year to help you pay for Assisted Living Care.
- How do I qualify?
- Less than $80,000 in liquid assets.
- Annual income less than $32,000.
- Served 90 days for the country.
- How long does it take until I receive the benefit?
- Payment will be retroactive from the date of approval.
- What is the financial benefit if I qualify?
- $1,644 per month for the Veteran.
- $1,056 per month for the Surviving Spouse.
- Individual Counties Veteran's Office Contacts
- Brown County...920-448-4450
- Dodge County...920-386-3798
- Kenosha County...262-605-6690
- Manitowoc County...920-683-4055
- Marathon County...715-261-1141
- Milwaukee County...414-266-1235
- Portage County...715-346-1310
- Racine County...262-638-6667
- Sheboygan County...920-459-3053
- Waukesha County...262-548-7732
- Wood County...715-421-8420