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Rhode Island assisted living facilities are listed by city below. We recommend you search by ZIP code to include nearby facilities. However, you may choose a city to view all assisted living options in that area.


Cost of Rhode Island Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Rhode Island is $5,325 per month.

The monthly base rate for Rhode Island assisted living is typically average when compared to neighboring states. Rhode Island is also more expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Rhode Island. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

Rhode Island$5,325

Assisted Living Regulations

Rhode Island defines an assisted living facility as a residence for two or more adults that provide lodging, meals, and personal assistance based on the residents' needs and preferences.

Rhode Island Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care

Assisted living facilities have very limited scope of care - they can arrange for social support, help with ADL's, and monitor a resident's social, personal and recreational activities. An assisted living facility resident can receive care from a hospice agency for an unlimited amount of time. If a resident has an accident or injury that requires the services of a home health care agency, then those services are only available for up to 21 days, unless an extension is granted.

Rhode Island Assisted Living Admission Requirements

Any resident who needs nursing care may not be admitted to a Rhode Island assisted living facility. With the exception of the dementia unit, if available, potential residents must have both the physical ability as well as the mental capacity and judgment to be able to evacuate in case of emergency. Any resident who is a danger to themselves or others may no longer maintain their residence at the facility.

Rhode Island Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements

When a new resident moves into an assisted living facility, the administrator must make sure that a comprehensive assessment is completed. The assessment must include the status and needs regarding the resident's health, physical, social, functional, activity, and cognitive needs and preferences. The assessment is conducted and signed by a registered nurse.

Rhode Island Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements

Assisted living facilities can be classified according to the medication management level they offer, although all medication assistance must be supervised by a nurse. The levels are classified as either M1 or M2.

Rhode Island Assisted Living Facility Requirements

Private units must allow for at least 100 square feet of livable floor space and be eight feet wide, while double occupancy units must have at least 160 square feet of livable floor space and be 10 feet wide. Two residents are allowed per room, while one tub/shower are required for every ten residents and one toilet for every eight residents.

Rhode Island Assisted Living Staffing Requirements

Direct care staff must be sufficient in number to meet the needs of the residents. A staff persona must be present and awake at all times, be able to communicate with emergency personnel if needed, and has been designated in charge of the facility. Extensive training is required for all staff and they must undergo a criminal background check. Administrators must either have a college degree or pass a written examination to become a licensed administrator of an assisted living facility. An administrator must be certified by the Department of Health.

Rhode Island Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

Assisted living expenses may be covered under the Medicaid home and community-based waivers either for assisted living residents relocating from nursing homes or for the elderly and adults with physical disabilities.

Rhode Island Alzheimer's Unit Requirements

If an assisted living facility has an Alzheimer's unit, then staff who work in the unit must have specific training for working with that population. At least one specially trained staff person must be present in the unit at all times. Certain written disclosures are required for these units, including: 1. The residence's philosophy; 2. Pre-occupancy, occupancy, and termination of residence; 3. Assessment, service planning, and implementation; 4. Staffing patterns and staff training; 5. Physical environment; 6. Resident activities; 7. Family role in care; and 8. Program costs.

Rhode Island Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living and Related Services

The State of Rhode Island has the SSI Enhanced Assisted Living Program that pays up to $1,200 a month that can be applied to the assisted living costs. However, this is not a Medicaid program. Rhode Island has the Rite @ Home program that is administered by Medicaid. It offers 24/7 personal care in a residential environment but not in assisted living communities. Lastly, Rhode Island offers the Home and Community Care Medicaid Waiver which also covers assisted living.

SSI Enhanced Assisted Living Program

This program offered by the state of Rhode Island delivers monetary help to individuals eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The need for the individual must be assessed and determined by a care professional in order to receive the level of care given in assisted living communities. Their needs cannot be so severe that nursing home care is required. It provides an increase in the Supplemental Security Income benefit amount specifically for assisted living room and board costs.

The SSI Enhanced Assisted Living Benefits

It pays a maximum of $1,212 a month for assisted living costs. The care recipient receives assistance with the activities of daily living, congregate meals, medication oversight, transportation assistance and social activities from the staff at the community.

How to apply - the program is administered by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Department of Elderly Affairs and it is available throughout the state. Learn more or to apply, call 401-462-4444. You can download the forms from the SSI Enhanced Assisted Living Program website here.

What is the best number to call to get started? 1-401-462-4444

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The RIte @ Home Program

This is administered and managed by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) for RI Medicaid (Medical Assistance Program). It is also called the Caregiver Homes Program or the Shared Living Program.

It is intended for individuals need substantial help with the activities of daily living. They are unable to live alone. Rite @ Home supports them to remain at home instead of a nursing home. Typically the care recipient will move into the home of their "caregiver." Relatives and friends are eligible to be caregivers but not spouses. The chosen caregiver is required to provide all personal care services and be on call 24/7, but not required to provide 24/7 care. Adult day care is another option. Caregivers are paid for their efforts and supported by the Health and Human Services Office. All caregivers are trained, given nursing support, respite and monitored for the quality of care they provide.

The care recipient must pay their caregiver for room and board from their SSI or Social Security checks.

RIte @ Home Program Benefits

Caregivers provide all personal care, meals, chores, transportation, social service and are on call 24/7. Agencies will provide respite care to the caregiver.

How to apply - Rite @ Home is made available throughout Rhode Island and you can learn more by downloading Rite @ Home brochure or go to their website. The local phone numbers are listed on this webpage.

What is the best number to call to get started? 1-401-290-8429

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The Home and Community Care Program

This program is intended to keep residents at home, not in a nursing home facility. You can read more about this program and its benefits here.

Department of Health Facilities, Regulation Division Phone (401) 222-2566

Contact: Andrew Powers Phone (401) 222-4523


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Rhode Island Contacts

Rhode Island Department of Health Facilities, Regulation Division

Phone: (401) 222-2566

Andrew Powers
Phone: (401) 222-4523

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

License information source: Rhode Island Department of Health

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