ASSISTED LIVING WAIVER PROGRAM

What is assisted living?

The ALWP defines assisted living based on the standards set by the National Assisted Living Workgroup.   Assisted living is a state regulated and monitored residential long-term care option.  Assisted living provides or coordinates oversight and services to meet the residents’ individualized scheduled needs, based on the residents’ assessments and service plans and their unscheduled needs as they arise.  Assisted living residents have the option of a private room and the ability to prepare simple meals.

Services that are required by state statutes and regulations to be provided or coordinated must include, but are not limited to:

  • 24-hour awake staff to provide oversight and meet the scheduled and unscheduled needs of residents (24-hour awake staff is not required in RCFEs with 6 beds or less)) 

  • Provision and oversight personnel and supportive services (assistance with activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living)

  • Health related services including skilled nursing (e.g., medication management services, treatments, wound care, etc.)

  • Social services

  • Recreational activities

  • Meals

  • Housekeeping and laundry

  • Provide or arrange transportation

A resident has the right to make choices and receive services in a way that will promote the resident’s dignity, autonomy, independence, and quality of life. These services are disclosed and agreed to in the contract between the provider and resident.  Assisted living does not generally provide ongoing, 24-hour skilled nursing.  Assisted living units are private occupancy and shared only by the choice of residents (e.g., by spouses, partners or friends).