Assisted living is a continuation of care for seniors (often above 65 years of age). To receive long term services, residents receive housing, personal care, and other health care sevices created to respond to individuals who need assistance with activities daily living (ADL) in a way that promotes their maximum independence. These services can include medication management, Life enrichment, supportive service, a secure environment, and well-balanced meals. Residents of assisted living communities usually require custodial care, and often the residents are residents who live with memory loss or residents who are not safe living alone. Each state in America have different regulation regarding assisted living residents, and because of this, there are different statics recorded according to NCAL. The States of Virginia and Florida provide many similarities and differences when it comes to providing service for assisted living residents.
In the state of Virginia, according to the federal quarterly census, 50% of the assisted living residents are over 85 years old, and 41% have Alzheimer’s disease of some types of dementia (memory loss). The activities require for daily living include bathing (57%), walking (55%), dressing (43%), toileting (33%), eating (15%), and bed transfer (20%). A total of 7% of assisted residents rely on Medicaid (government assistance program) to provide financially, which means that the financial burden has heavily relying lies upon residents and their family members. The economy is directly impacted by assisted living residents, which provides a total of 17,054 jobs, and economic activity of $1.6 billion.
In the state of Florida, according to the federal quarterly census, 47% of the assisted living residents are over 85 years old, and 46% have Alzheimer’s disease of some types of dementia (memory loss). The activities require for daily living include bathing (67%), walking (57%), dressing (52%), toileting (31%), eating (18%), and bed transfer (31%). A total of 20% of assisted residents rely on Medicaid (government assistance program) to provide financially, which means that the financial burden is also heavily relying upon residents and their family members. Economic for the State of Florida is directly impacted by assisted living residents, providing a total of 48,504 jobs and an economic activity of $4.5 billion.
The State of Virginia and Florida provides many similar and different in statistic of assisted living. Assisted living residents impact the economic directly doing more jobs for the states of Florida compared to the state of Virginia. The documentation of assisted living residences is essential to provide transparency and help public health workers with updates of the flow of care offered through the states.