Questions About Assisted Living

What is assisted living?

Assisted Living is for seniors who can live on their own, but for various reasons shouldn’t. They don’t require the constant medical attention provided by a nursing home, but they may need a helping hand from time-to-time, day or night. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), an assisted living residence is defined as follows: a special combination of senior housing, personalized support services and easy access to health care for seniors who need help with bathing, dressing, taking medications and other ADLs – Activities of Daily Living. But for residents of The Bristal, Assisted Living is a whole lot more…

It means having the freedom to live independently without being left alone. It means sharing time with great new friends, people who really care. More importantly… it means making the most of every day, in every way you can.

What services are provided in assisted living?

Generally, an assisted living community provides 3 meals a day; laundry & housekeeping services; scheduled activities & outings; apartment-style living options; assistance with bathing, dressing, medication reminders, and other ADLs (activities of daily living); wellness programs; and availability of 24-hour care from trained professionals (typically via an emergency call-and-response system).

Does Medicare pay for assisted living?

No. Most assisted living communities are private-pay only, although some states allow the use of Medicaid funds to pay for assisted living care.

Can I age-in-place in assisted living?

In many cases, supplemental services can be brought in to the assisted living residence if they are not provided in-house. If you need more advanced medical care, however, a transition to skilled nursing is probably necessary.

Is public funding available to help low or moderate income seniors with the cost of assisted living?

The majority of residents in assisted living communities pay for housing and services with private funds generated through the sale of the resident’s home, personal income and/or family support. Alternative financial resources may be available from long term care insurance policies. For former military personnel and their spouses, there may be assistance available through the Veteran’s Administration.

Will I be served meals in my room?

Residents will enjoy the imaginative and nutritious meals prepared in our state of the art kitchen, and served by our culinary team in the main dining room. Requests for private dining with small groups can also be accommodated.

Can I bring my car to The Bristal?

Yes, there is ample parking for resident and guest automobiles.

Do you accept pets?

Yes, we do accept “small pets” provided the resident is able to care for them. In addition, a family member or significant other should be available in the event of an emergency to care for the pet. An agreement and a deposit is required upon admission.

Can someone move in on a trial basis?

A person can move in and stay for as little as 1 month since we do not require 30 days notice during their first month of residency.

When can residents have visitors?

We do not have any set visiting schedule. We ask that guests sign in so we can have an accurate assessment of who is in the community in the event of an emergency.

Are residents allowed to leave the facility for day trips or overnight stays?

Residents are able to come and go at will. We ask that they sign in and out at the entrance so we can be aware who is in the building at all times.