This simple question became more complex when new state regulations took effect in 2011 separating the two types of care in an attempt to make public funds available for assisted living.
The primary difference between the two is the scope of services provided. An assisted living facility is required to provide supplemental services such as skilled nursing care, therapy, cognitive support services and hospice – while a personal care facility is not. The Meadows provides all of these supplemental services which meets the standards for assisted living. This includes daily living assistance such as dressing, bathing, meals and medication management in addition to the ability for a loved one to “age in place” (skilled care and hospice) without having to move. To this, The Meadows adds enhanced staffing levels, including a licensed nurse who is always on duty and is overseen by a RN/Clinical Director. Residents of The Meadows also have access to a registered dietician who ensures that any special dietary needs are met. Services and staffing are just two examples of how The Meadows exceeds the requirements for personal care and meets the standards for assisted living.