Ask The Expert: Do I have to hire a caregiver once my parent moves into assisted living?

posted by: Lisa Sneddon Founder & President, Senior Living Experts

Technically, no. Most Assisted Living Communities have their own staff of caregivers that should be able to provide your loved one with the care they need. The cost is included in your monthly fees. Sometimes, the fees will be based on levels of care required. As their needs increase, the level of attention from the staff can increase (as well as the cost).

However, there may come a time where the Assisted Living Community cannot provide the amount of care required. If you wish to keep your parent there so they can age in place, it is usually quite acceptable to hire a private duty caregiver. Some properties may partner with a home care agency, which makes it easier for you to choose. However, it is the residents' right to use another agency. Most homes will require that the caregiver that you hire is from a reputable agency for liability and for the protection of the other residents in the building.

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Posted by:Melody

1/24/2012 10:15:56 AM

My mother is in an "Assisted Living" facility in Xenia, Ohio and we are currently self pay, but shortly will not have funds to pay the over $4000/month fee we pay. I feel for $4000 a month, and assisted living facility should take very good care of your parent so you do not have to invest additional funds. I have found many problems with this and I've heard other facilities where they are thinking more about their profit, than their clients. I wish this could change. . .

Posted by:Lisa Sneddon

2/3/2009 10:45:01 AM

Yvonne- It depends of if the facility is using its own staff to do the caregiving or if they have contracted out to a home care agency that may or may not be on site. In a traditional licensed assisted living, the staff is employed by the facility. They usually have to be a CNA (Certified Nurses Aide) but not always. Sometimes they will hire someone with hands on experience (ie: they cared for their mom or they are working toward their CNA). The facility does require additional training on how to lift, how to approach, how to deal with dementia, etc. And it is ongoing. Feel free to contact me directly at my email address if you have more specific questions and I can hopefully help you out!

Posted by:Yvonne Taylor

1/22/2009 5:37:36 PM

My parents live in a "Assisted Living Community"; however, I now realize, they do not offer more than an independent facility as, we have to pay $800 extra, above the basic rent, for caregiving services for mom and dad. Then, my question would be, should they not be an "independent/assisted living facility? And if one chooses to pay the extra money for caregiving, as we did, what qualifications are these caregivers expected to have, to work in a "assisted facility as a caregiver? Should we not expect, certain qualifcations?

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