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HOUSING

homes " and are located in neighborhoods. They typically house 6 residents. Many of these homes aren't paid
for by Medicare or Medicaid. The monthly charge is
usually a percentage of your income (a sliding scale) that
covers the cost of rent, meals, and other basic shared
services.
Assisted Living Facilities
These facilities provide
help with activities of daily
living like bathing, dressing,
and using the bathroom.
They may also help with
care most people do themselves like taking medicine
as well as additional services
like getting to appointments
or preparing meals.
Residents often live in
their own room or apartment within a building or
group of buildings and have
some or all of their meals
together. Social and recreational activities are usually
provided. Some of these facilities have health services
on site.
In most cases, assisted
living residents pay a regular monthly rent, and then
pay additional fees for the
services they get. The term
"assisted living" may mean different things in different facilities. Not all assisted living facilities provide the
same services. It is important that you contact the facility and make sure they can meet your needs.

their needs, but usually stay within the CCRC. If you are
considering a CCRC, be sure to check the nursing home
at the CCRC. The nursing home's quality information
can be found at Nursing Home Compare, www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare. The nursing home's inspection report should be posted in the nursing home.
Your CCRC contract usually requires you to use the
CCRC's nursing home if
you need nursing home
care. Some CCRC's will
only admit people into their
nursing home if they have
previously lived in another
section of the retirement
community, such as their
assisted living or an independent area.
Many CCRCs generally
require a large payment
before you move in (called
an entry fee) and charge
monthly fees.
Find out if a CCRC is
accredited and get advice
on selecting this type of
community from the Commission on Accreditation
of Rehabilitation Facilities
and the Continuing Care
Accreditation Commission
(CARF-CCAC) by calling
1-202-587-5001.

In most cases, assisted
living residents pay a
regular monthly rent, and
then pay additional fees
for the services they get.
The term "assisted living"
may mean different
things in different
facilities.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities
(CCRCs)
CCRCs are retirement communities that offer more
than one kind of housing and different levels of care. In
the same community, there may be individual homes
or apartments for residents who still live on their own,
an assisted living facility for people who need some help
with daily care, and a nursing home for those who require more care.
Residents move from one level to another based on
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Hospice Care
Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are
terminally ill (with six months or less to live), and for
their families. Hospice care includes physical care and
counseling. The goal of hospice is to provide comfort for
terminally ill patients and their families, not to cure illness.
If you qualify for hospice care, you can get medical
and support services, including nursing care, medical
social services, doctor services, counseling, homemaker
services, and other types of services. As part of hospice
care, you will have a team of doctors, nurses, home
health aides, social workers, counselors and trained volunteers to help you and your family cope with your illness. Depending on your condition, you may get hospice

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