Indiana Assisted Living Facilities
Cost of Indiana Assisted Living Facilities
According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Indiana is $3,693 per month.
The monthly base rate for Indiana assisted living is typically average when compared to neighboring states. Indiana is also more expensive compared to the national average.
This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Indiana. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.
Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States
Assisted Living Regulations
Indiana defines an assisted living facility as a residential care facility in which five or more residents pay for and receive at least one regularly scheduled health-related service or at least two regularly scheduled support services. They do not require licensure, but must register with the Division of Aging of the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and provide a name, phone number and address.
Indiana Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care
Facilities that only provide services such as meals, laundry, and housekeeping assistance with daily living activities do not need to be licensed. One of the main criteria distinguishing a nursing home from an assisted living facility is that if medication is administered, then it's a nursing home. A resident may, however, contract with a home health agency to provide medical assistance. There are some exceptions for self-limited conditions.
Indiana Assisted Living Admission Requirements
There are no admission requirements, although a resident must be discharged if he or she is a threat to themselves or others, requires 24 hour nursing care, or some nursing care and has not contracted with a home health agency, or is not medically stable and needs complete assistance help with two out the three tasks: eating, toileting, or transferring.
Indiana Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements
Indiana does not require assisted living facilities to create a care plan.
Indiana Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements
If a facility gives medication, then it is considered a residential nursing care facility.
Indiana Assisted Living Facility Requirements
Private units must be at least 100 square feet, while multiple occupancy units must allow 80 square feet per person.
Indiana Assisted Living Staffing Requirements
Indiana requires there to be adequate staffing to meet the needs of residents, including one person trained in CPR and first aid on the premises at all times. An unlicensed employee regularly assisting with ADL needs to be a home health aid or a CNA. Staff must have training for their job responsibilities. Administrators must complete a specialized course of study for administrators-in-training (AIT) and 40 hours of continuing education a year.
Indiana Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
In order to receive funding under the aged and disabled waiver, a facility must be licensed as a residential nursing care provider with the Indiana Department of Health.
Indiana Alzheimer's Unit Requirements
If the facility offers a unit designed for residents with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, then a written disclosure statement is required annually that requires information on activities, staffing, mission, and more.
Indiana Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living and Related Services
The State of Indiana offers the Aged and Disabled Waiver (A&D) which contains an assisted living benefit. It provides individuals to reside in Medicaid approved assisted living communities.
The Waiver is written to assist the elderly or the disabled residents who need nursing home type care. These services offered will assist individuals to remain living at home. This waiver is also extended to individuals in certain Medicaid-approved assisted living residences.
Individuals who choose this option are given the flexibility to select their own personal care provider. This option in Indiana is called the Consumer-Directed Attendant Care Program. Under the option, a broad range of individuals can be hired to provide services since no medical training is required. Individuals may select friends and some family members to provide the caregiving services.
The Aged and Disabled Waiver (A&D) offers services to help individuals to remain out of nursing homes. A case manager will be assigned to customize a plan of care for each person. The services may include:
- Adult Day Care
- Behavior management
- Case Management
- Community Habilitation
- Community Transition (from nursing homes)
- Disposable Medical Supplies
- Environmental Modification
- Facility Based Support
- Facility Habilitation
- Family & Caregiver Training
- Health Care Coordination
- Home and Vehicle Modifications
- Home Delivered Meals and Nutritional Supplements
- Music Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Personal Assistance & Care
- Personal Emergency Response System
- Rent & Food for Unrelated Live-in Caregiver
- Respite Care (for their caregivers)
- Respite Nursing Care
- Specialized Medical Equipment
- Speech Therapy
- Structured Family Caregiving
- Supported Employment
- Transportation Assistance and Coordination
- Vehicle Modification
- Workplace Assistance
This waiver is available throughout Indiana. There may be waiting lists. Learn more or to apply call 1-888-673-0002 or the local Indiana Area Agency on Aging.
Other Medicaid Waivers in Indiana:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Aged and Disabled
- Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver (CIH), Formerly Developmental Disabilities Waiver and Autism Waiver
- Family Supports Waiver (FSW), Formerly Support Services Waiver
How long is the waiting list? You can expect to wait at least five years before getting Medicaid waiver services.
How many people are on the waiting list? 13,000 people are waiting for Medicaid waiver services and 13,000 are currently receiving services.
What assistance is available during the wait? Utilize Medicaid State Plan Services, if eligible. Apply for caregiver supports (respite), as they are available.
The Indiana Parent Information Network at 1-800-964-IPIN will give more information to families of individuals with special needs.
Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Long Term Care/Indiana Division of Aging Phone (317) 233-7442 or (888) 673-0002
Contact: Kim Rhoades (ISDH) Phone (317) 233-7442
Karen Filler (DA) Phone (317) 232-4651
What is the best number to call to get started? Call (877) 218-3530.
You can apply online or in person at a local office - or call 1-800-403-0864 to request an application be mailed to you.
Is there a website? www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs
Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Long Term Care (ISDH)Phone: (317) 233-1325
Kim Rhoades (ISDH)
Phone: (317) 233-7442
Indiana Division of Aging (DA)Phone: (888) 673-0002
Susan Waschevski (DA)
Phone: (317) 232-7148
Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.
License information source: Official Website of the State of Indiana
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