If your loved one is diagnosed with one of these following health problems, they may not need to be placed in a nursing home.  An Assisted Living Home like ours can offer all the quality services at nearly half of the cost:

  • Memory problems
  • Kidney Disease
  • Upper/Lower  digestive diseases
  • Cancer
  • Incontinence care
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory  Disease
  • Blood pressure –   low or high
  • Any physical  disabilities
  • Wound care
  • Heart problems/heart  attack
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s  Disease
  • Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  • Eye disease
  • Prostate disease
  • Falls related  injuries
  • Skin disease  & care
  • Depression
  • Osteoporosis
  • And other  conditions

What you need to know about an Assisted Living Facility and the right time for a placement.

  1. What is an Assisted Living

“Assisted living facility” means a residential care institution, including an adult foster care home, that provides or contracts to provide supervisory care services, personal care services or directed care services on a continuous basis.

“Assisted living home” means an assisted living facility that provides resident rooms to ten or fewer residents. – Arizona Department of Health and Services

Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities (ALF’s) are housing facilities for people with disabilities. Those facilities provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s), coordination of services by outside health care providers and monitoring of resident activities to help ensure their health, safety and well-being.  Assistance may include the administration or supervision of medication, or personal care services provided by a trained staff person.

Assisted living as it exists today emerged in the 1990s as an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for people whom independent living is not appropriate, but who do not need the 24-hour medical care provided by a nursing home and are too young to live in a retirement home. “Assisted living is a philosophy of care and services promoting independence and dignity.” Wikipedia

Assisted living fills a gap between care at home and the nursing homes.

  1. Who needs assisted living facility

Triggering signs alerting to the need for assisted living:

  • Body odor, dirty clothes, neglecting hygiene or toilets unflushed.  All those are signs of memory loss or loss of motor skills or mobility.
  • Weight loss or gain may be due to changes in diet because of reduced or increased appetite, forgetting to eat or to cook or eating too often due to short memory loss.
  • Falls and injuries are signs of weaknesses or forgetfulness.  The environment may not be safe or elderly proof.
  • Behavior changes noticeable by friends or neighbors.  Behavior change may signal symptoms of Dementia or Alzheimer’s, infections or other diseases.  Paranoia or isolation can signal a mental status change.
  • Forgetting appointments, important dates like anniversaries, birthdays, deaths, taking medications or where they live.
  • Unable to balance a check book, pay bills or any financial obligation.
  • Lack of interest in activities, hobbies or attending church may be a sign of depression.
  • Traffic tickets, dents and scratches on their cars or anxiety behind the wheel can signal risky driving behavior.
  • An unorganized dirty home is a sign of declining motor skills
  1. What is personal care services

“Personal care services” means assistance with activities of daily living that can be performed by a person without professional skills or professional training and includes the coordination or provision of intermittent nursing services and the administration of medications and treatments by a nurse.

  1. How much does an assisted living facility cost

In general, assisted living costs are at a national average monthly fee of $ 3,131 plus the level of care. The cost depends on many factors such as the cost of living in the area, services and amenities provided, square footage, and utilities like phone and cable.  Assisted living facilities provide three meals a day and two snacks, arrange or provide transportation, housekeeping, laundry, entertainment, and medication management.  The cost may sound high, but is comparable to the cost of living at home plus the cost of a live in caregiver and home maintenance.

  1. How long can you stay in an assisted living facility

Per the 1999 survey done by the National Council for Assisted Living, an average length of stay in an assisted living facility ranges from about 2.5 to 3 years. Assisted Living Facilities differ, depending on the level of care it can provide to its residents ranging from residents whom can walk on their own to those whom are at the end of their life span (under physician supervision and meet the requirement of the Department of Health Services).


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Hospice Works at Highland


What is Hospice

Hospice service means a program of palliative and supportive care for terminally ill people and their families or caregivers.  Hospice services can be provided to patient homes, assisted living facilities or in patient unit.

Highland works with hospice preferred providers to provide the best palliative care for our residents. Hospice providers, together with Highland staff, customize the resident and family hospice care program. Together, we make it possible for our residents with end-of-life needs to receive high quality, hospice care while still remaining at Highland.

Services of Hospice Care at Highland may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Education of resident and family members regarding eligibility and services available
  • Hospice care team in support with Highland staff
  • Medication, medical supplies and equipment, chaplain, volunteer  and therapies
  • Open communication between hospice provider, Highland team and family members
  • Support groups for residents and family
  • Bereavement support

We are creating environments that enhance the quality of people’s lives.