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Faced with the emotional task of finding compassionate daily care for a loved one, families face confusing industry terms, definitions and, in Pennsylvania, muddled distinctions between assisted living and personal care since new state regulations took effect in 2011.

To help you understand the difference between these two daily living services, we offer the following brief explanation and comparison chart. The chart provides a snapshot of, not only the difference between assisted living and personal care, but it also distinguishes personal care at The Meadows.

Comparing Assisted Living and Personal Care

Faced with the emotional task of finding compassionate daily care for a loved one, families face confusing terms and, in Pennsylvania, muddled distinctions between assisted living and personal care since new state regulations took effect in 2011. To help you quickly see the difference, including what distinguishes Personal Care at The Meadows, we offer the following chart.

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The Difference

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.

  PA REQUIRED ASSISTED LIVING PA REQUIRED PERSONAL CARE THE MEADOWS PERSONAL CARE
Dressing Assistance Yes image Yes image Yes image
Bathing Assistance Yes image Yes image Yes image
Meal Assistance Yes image Yes image Yes image
Medication Management Yes image Yes image Yes image
Provided Daily Activities Yes image Yes image Yes image
Cognitive Support Services Yes image Yes image
Physical Therapy Yes image Yes image
Rehab & Skilled Nursing Care On-site Yes image
Hospice Yes image Yes image
Registered Dietician Yes image Yes image
Restaurant-style Dining Yes image
Bistro Dining for Guests Yes image
Activities Director & Staff Yes image
Licensed Nurse Onsite 24/7 Yes image Yes image
RN/Clinical Director Yes image
Concierge Service Yes image
All Private Bedrooms Yes image Yes image
All Private Bathrooms Yes image Yes image
Floor Plan Options Yes image
Kitchenettes Yes image Yes image Available
Arranges for Transportation Yes image Yes image
Emergency Call Yes image Yes image Fixed & Mobile
Gated & Secure Community Yes image
Spa/Therapy Whirlpool Yes image
Outdoor Courtyard Yes image
Outdoor Walking Areas Yes image

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