Connecticut Assisted Living Facilities
Cost of Connecticut Assisted Living Facilities
According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Connecticut is $5,575 per month.
The monthly base rate for Connecticut assisted living is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Connecticut is also more expensive compared to the national average.
This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Connecticut. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.
Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States
Assisted Living Regulations
Connecticut defines Assisted Living Facility as Assisted Living Services Agencies. Assisted Living Services Agencies provide nursing services, care and assistance with daily living activities and personal care for those living within a managed residential community with supportive services that encourage clients 55 or older to maintain the highest level of independence.
Connecticut Assisted Living Facility Scope of Care
In Connecticut, Assisted Living Services Agencies cannot provide services to those residents whose conditions are not stable. A home health agency must provide those services, or other arrangements should be made.
Connecticut Assisted Living Admission Requirements
There are no standard discharge or admission standards, although each agency must create written policies relating to the discharge of their clients. The policies should include; any change in a resident's condition (when a resident is no longer chronic and stable), and anything that should constitute routine, emergency, financial, and premature discharge.
Connecticut Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements
While there is no required resident assessment document, an RN must complete a client service program in collaboration with the client, family, and others involved in caring for the client, within one week of admission, and have the plan reviewed as the client's condition requires. The service program must include the client's health care issues and needs, types of services and equipment needed, medications, treatments, and other required nursing services.
Connecticut Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements
A nurse can administer medications and pre-pour medications when needed, for clients who are able to administer medications for themselves. Under the consent of the client or their legal representative, an assisted living aide can also supervise a resident's administration of medications.
Connecticut Assisted Living Facility Requirements
A residential community where services are offered must have private units including a full bath, access to facilities and equipment for preparation and storage of food. A resident can choose to share a room as well. Common space must be able to accommodate half of the residents at any given time. Managed residential communities cannot require tenants to share units.
Connecticut Assisted Living Staffing Requirements
Supervisors of assisted living services are responsible for having sufficient numbers of aides to meet client needs. The community must employ an on-site service coordinator whose duties include overseeing services provided to all tenants, and assisting tenants in making arrangements for their personal care needs. In an assisted living services agency serving 30 clients or less on a daily basis, one employee can serve as both supervisor and service coordinator under certain circumstances. No administrator is required at a facility, however, the supervisor of assisted living services must be a registered nurse holding a baccalaureate degree in nursing, and at least two years work experience in nursing, including one year in a home health agency or community health program, or with a diploma/associates degree in nursing with four years clinical experience in nursing that includes one year in a home health agency or community health program. Assisted living aides are required to complete six hours of continuing education per year. Service coordinators hired after December 1, 1994 must have certain levels of education and/or experience. Staff must complete a 10-hour orientation. Assisted living aides must pass an exam. Assisted living aides must successfully complete a training and competency exam as either a certified nurse's aide or home health aide.
Connecticut Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
A Medicaid home and community-based services waiver will pay for the services of anyone eligible as a low-income resident.
Connecticut Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living and Related Services
The State of Connecticut pays for assisted living through the Home Care Program for the Elderly. The program is open to both Medicaid eligible and ineligible persons.
Connecticut's Assisted Living Program is part of the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders. However, given that care is provided in assisted living residences instead of at home it is a distinct option. The financial benefits helps low income, elderly state residents afford the cost of assisted living (non-skilled nursing, residential care).
Because the Connecticut Assisted Living Program is comprised of four smaller platforms that offer assisted living but in various locations, it receives funding from diverse sources.
Services and Benefits of the Assisted Living Program
It is difficult to clearly summarize the benefits since it is an umbrella program. In some cases it will pay the complete cost of assisted living. In others, it will pay for the cost of care services in assisted living communities but not for room and board (rent and meals). The third option is that the program will pay for room, board and care services but the participant will be required to make co-payments.
Typically the services offered are that the assisted living communities provide personal care, meal services, housekeeping, laundry, recreational activities and medication oversight.
How to Apply - to learn more about the Assisted Living Program, visit the Department of Social Services webpage.
Note: there is a limited number of participants allowed in the program and waiting lists may exist. You can also get assistance finding affordable assisted living here.
Connecticut Medicaid Waivers
Individual and Family Support Waiver is sanctioned to provide direct services and supports to people who live in their own or their family home. It is offered to individuals who do not require 24 hour paid support.
The Comprehensive Support Waiver delivers direct services and supports for people who live in licensed settings. It also provides support for individuals who live in their own or their family home and require a level of support not available under the Individual Family Support waiver, usually due to significant behavioral, medical and/or physical support needs and/or the absence of available natural supports.
Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders Waiver provides home health care and related community-based services to people aged 65 and older that are not eligible for regular Medicaid and would otherwise be in nursing homes.
Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Waiver offers consumer-directed personal care assistance services to people with physical disabilities who are between age 18 and 64 and who would otherwise require institutionalization. Individuals must require help with activities of daily living and must be able to hire and direct their own personal care assistant (PCA).
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver tenders a number of support services, including personal care assistance, to people between age 18 and 64 with Acquired Brain Injury to help them remain in the community. The injury addresses acquired focal and diffuse central nervous system dysfunctions, both immediate and delayed, at the brain stem level and above.
Department of Public Health, Facility Licensing & Investigations Phone (860) 509-7400
Contact: Loan Nguyen Phone (860) 509-7400
Web Site: http://www.dph.state.ct.us
What is the best number to call to get started? The first step is to request an application by calling the Toll Free number: 1-866-433-8192; for out of state, phone 860-418-6117.
Is there a website? http://www.ct.gov/dds
Connecticut Department of Public Health, Facility Licensing & Investigations SectionPhone: (860) 509-7400
Phone: (860) 509-7400
Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.
License information source: Connecticut Department of Public Health
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