How to Open and Start an Assisted Living Facility in 2020 (2023)

the need for assisted living

The demand for facilities that care for our elderly and disabled loved ones is growing. We have fewer and fewer care givers in our families and society to care for those who need assistance with the activities of daily living. Starting an assisted living business can be a very rewarding thing to do.

Many of our disabled dependents just can’t stay at home alone. At the same time there are fewer options in families to provide the care these dependents need. Active family members are busy attending to their employment or business and simply cannot neglect their work and become care givers.

And the distressing fact is that this situation is not going to get better.

With an aging population and shrinking family support possibilities, the need for senior housing options is increasing and will continue to increase into the foreseeable future. PewSocialTrends estimates the population of USA to reach 438 million by 2050. US Census estimates 20% of the population in 2050 to be aged 65 and over (up from 15+% now). These numbers do not include the increase in need for living options for the disabled.

Consider this statement from the Brookings institute.

“The latest national growth rate of 0.62 percent is noticeably below what we have experienced in decades prior. While it is still far higher than in countries like Germany, Italy, and Japan, it means that policymakers must place increased attention on caring for a larger and more dependent aging population, and dealing with the realities of a slower-growing labor force.”

There is an opportunity and a need for good quality operators to provide housing options for our increasing population who need a little assistance with daily living activities.

Is there a Place for you in the Senior Housing Business?

There are more than 28,000 assisted living residences in the U.S., housing about 1.8 million people, according to the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). The “typical” assisted living resident is an 83-year-old woman and the average age of all assisted living residents is 83. The average male/female ratio in assisted living residences is 74% women and 26% men. According to NCAL, the average size of an assisted living residence is 43 units and ranges from three units to 200 units.

Assisted living facilities are home to people with disabilities or those who cannot live independently, due to age and other factors. Assisted living facilities provide appropriate medical care as well as assistance with bathing, dressing, toilet and eating, among other needs.In 2018 there were approximately 1.8 Million Americans living in some type of senior living community. That number is expected to double by 2030.

Getting into the Health or personal care business is beyond the reach of most because of the cost, regulatory environment, and technical expertise needed. However, the one arena that is more accessible to the new comer is Senior Housing. Regulations are far less complex, not to mention licensing requirements, and lower cost of construction. In addition, help is available from industry experts to help you get going in the business. And we can show you exactly where to go for help in any aspect of the business.

And yes this can be a very manageable and profitable exercise. A Forbes article on the economics of these facilities estimates the profit before interest, depreciation and tax at 30% of the revenue.

(Video) How to start an Assisted living facility with little money and make $15k per month.

To achieve stability and profitability, however, entrepreneurs need to create a plan with the following key points in mind. A written business plan forces entrepreneurs to explore different issues related to the business and spell out their ideas for managing each. Once written down, these ideas serve as a guide for a systematic action program to set up and manage the business.

Key issues needing exploration and solution include:

  • Location- analyze demand and supply for a market of interest
    • Demographic statistics are available with formulas for how many beds of a certain type are needed per percentage of the population
    • Inventory existing providers by:
      • Type
      • Age of facility
      • Number of beds (standard of measurement)
      • Census
      • Reputation
      • Rates charged
  • Select level of operation
    • Independent living
    • Assisted Living
    • Memory or specialty care
    • Continuous Care retirement Community (CCRC)
  • With Market analysis and determination of approach structure the size of operation that will make the most sense.
  • Estimate the costs and create a project pro-forma. Standard operating cost data is available.
  • Contact the State licensing office and have a face to face on the requirements to obtain a license and learn about the regulatory environment.
  • Determine staffing needs
  • Develop Operating policies and procedures.
  • To summarize: Compare demand for different types of beds at your target location against existing supply of each type. Look in some detail at the operating specifics of existing suppliers including the services they provide, fees they charge and their reputation. These will give you an idea of any gap in the market.

Next, explore the regulatory and licensing requirements, staffing needs and facility requirements before finalizing the specific service you will provide. Ideally, this should fill the gap identified as above.

You would now be in a position to start creating a project proposal.

In the following sections, we dig a little deeper.

the market

Not all disabled and elderly people need assistance. However the percentage of those who do in each category is increasing yearly, and coupled with the increase in the number of elderly and the decrease in the population of the younger wage earners and caregivers, the demand for senior living options is growing exponentially.

Nursing homes in the past cared for most of the senior living needs, while most of that need has shifted to more assisted living, there is still more of a shift that needs to occur. Assisted living facilities can care for the largest segment of those needing care beyond their own home, and of course the cost is much lower and the quality of living is much higher.

Another category for Senior living which is growing in popularity, and in fact had a better year in 2018 than any of the other Senior living options is what we call Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). CCRC’s provide a continuum of senior living options so that someone can move into an independent living situation and as needs for assistance or care increase the living options are available in the same community. i.e. assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing (short or long term), etc.

Occupancy rates for all types of communities for 2018 was 89% to 90%. CCRC’s posted overall occupancy rates slightly higher than any other type of community. These rates are a little lower than prior years. This comes from the “State of Senior housing report” which is produce by a cooperative effort of several leading senior housing groups including The American Seniors Housing Association, Argentum and the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing, and others.

So even in what many consider to be a slower market the demand is still solid, and the need is accelerating.

There are several major keys that you need to know before starting assisted living facility. These keys also apply for memory Care Facilities, Independent Living, Adult Family Homes & Nursing Homes

(Video) How to start a Residential Assisted Living Business. Before You Start Assisted Living Business.

effective marketing is important when you are starting any business

Effective marketing plays a major role when you are creating the assisted living facility business plan. For example, opening a nursing home and using the traditional marketing methods might not work for that particular location as well as using digital marketing.

Creating Awareness should be the first step when you Start

Take the time to carefully vet out a market of interest by taking the steps listed above. Then consider some of the following suggestions

Begin with networking. Meet with local residents groups, trade organizations and persons with influence among potential residents, health care organizations like hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health companies, etc.

You will create an awareness and gain great insight into the existing competition and also ideas for what is missing in the market, and what needs could be filled.

A quality, well thought out website and printed material are critical.
Advertising on social media by using visual and clear graphics and using google ads to spread the word are a necessity if you want your group home or assisted living startup to be successful.

the need for Quality Service

The business of providing personal care to aged and disabled persons is an increasingly competitive one. Entrepreneurs have greater chances of success if they know the market and learn the areas where needs are not met. We are not talking about just physical facilities. There is always room for an operator who wants to do the job even better than the others. Quality measures are many and include responsiveness to the concerns of the resident and families, demonstrable value, a willingness to be open and participative in care issues for family members, and the list goes on and on. Extra mile emphasis on quality does not go farther in any industry than this one, where you have day to day responsibility for the loved ones of others.

Just walk into any Senior living facility and within minutes you can get feel for the quality of the environment. And if you think about taking a loved one into a prospective living situation and consider how you would want to feel, you will see where your opportunity lies.

Consider what needs to be done to appeal to the prospective resident and the families of those individuals or couples. The formula is not difficult, but it takes attention to detail.

What Value your new Assisted Living Facility will Offer?

A clearly stated value proposition explains to prospective customers how a particular offer meets their needs and expectations, and why you can do it better than the others. In the case of senior living, consider some of the following:

  • Customers are elderly and disabled persons with a variety of needs for care. And almost equal in customer status are the family members, who have their own agendas and needs relative to their dependent loved ones.
  • Needs include assistance with the activities of daily living, medication assistance, healthcare, help with behavior challenges, general wellness and even happiness and comfort.
  • The physical environment does not necessarily need to be fancy, but it needs to be clean and orderly, to help demonstrate that you are as concerned about their new home as the prospective resident.
  • Treat every prospective resident and family member with absolute dignity and sensitivity.
  • Give special time and attention to specific needs and outline ideas for how you will help meet those needs.

Dignity and independence are always important, no matter the appearances.

operating tid-bits

starting and running a residential living facility

The Start-up Process:

(Video) Steps I took to open an Assisted Living Facility

  • Deciding on the niche.
  • Talk to the State regulators on licensing and the regulatory environment.
  • Analyze the market
  • Developing a comprehensive business plan.
  • Search for the right location
  • Pencil out the start up costs
    • Building
    • Ramp up
    • Marketing
  • Pro-forma the business
  • Analyze the labor pool
  • Policies and procedures

Providing Care:

  • Know the demands of the business
    • 24 hr/7 day a week care
    • Behavioral challenges
    • Family needs and demands


  • Dietary issues
    • Menus
    • Food costs
    • Kitchen management
  • Medication management
    • Pharmacies
    • Nursing support
    • Med management
  • Staffing
    • Care givers
    • Nurses
    • Kitchen
    • Housekeeping
    • Management
  • Financial management
    • Billing management to maximize Revenue
    • Accounting and Budget
  • Activity Management and Transportation

financials considerations

how much does it cost to start an assisted living facility?

A Forbes article on assisted living facilities estimates the cost of an 80-bed facility at $11 million (or $130,000 to $145,000 per bed).

Three to six months’ operating expenses should be part of the budgeted start-up costs. The level of operating costs will depend on the type and size of the facility to be created.

Considering the typical cost structure and prevailing billing rates per resident, the Forbes article (mentioned above) suggests building a 70 to 100 bed facility to achieve the best economies of scale. However, many investors new to the business have started with a single renovated home caring for 6 residents.

There are options in a range of 1 to 20 million dollars.

Typical operating costs

Major operating expenses are

  1. Labor related expenses (Salaries,Benefits,Taxes)
    1. Typically around 30% of total revenues for all areas
      1. Administrative
      2. Dietary
      3. Housekeeping
      4. Maintenance
      5. Care givers
      6. Nursing
      7. Marketing
      8. Activities
      9. Payroll taxes
      10. Benefits
  2. Food4%
  3. Insurance3%
    1. Property
    2. Liability
  4. Taxes4%
  5. Utilities3%
  6. Marketing/Advertising2%
  7. Maintenance2%
  8. Housekeeping1%
  9. Care supplies1%
  10. Management fees5%
  11. Other5%

Total operating expense can be around 70% of revenue.

Corporate and overhead expense categories include:

  1. Debt Service/Rent/Mortgage
  2. Replacement reserves

revenue streams

Revenues of Senior Housing business are generated from fees charged for each resident. Fee structures typically include:

  • All Inclusive: Residents are charged a fixed amount each month, for all services provided
  • Tiered Pricing: This would include:
    • Base Fee
    • Fees for additional occupants
    • Care level fees (Higher fees for higher levels of care. Some residents might require little or no extra care and will be charged at the lowest tier. On the other hand, residents with problems like Alzheimer’s who need intensive care will be charged higher fees.) Residents are assessed at the time of their admission, and at regular intervals thereafter to determine the level of care they need, and placed under the appropriate tier.
  • Fees for Services: Charges for additional services.
    • Food
    • Transportation
    • Grooming
    • Physical Therapy
    • etc
  • Entrance Fees: Some charge deposits or entrance fees.

A report from National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) estimates the median cost for assisted living at $4,000 per month.

(Video) Starting an Assisted Living Home for beginners | Residential Assisted Living

The financial options page of PayingForSeniorCare website has the following estimates:

  • National average cost of assisted living is $4,000
  • Add $800 to $1,200 to the above for memory care (Alzheimer’s and dementia)
  • Costs vary from state to state. They range between $2,800 and $4,500 in South and Mid-West. And are in the higher range of $4,200 to $6,050 in Northeast and the West Coast.

Survey the market for local rates


The business of starting an Assisted Living Facility is an excellent opportunity that is in line with emerging demographic realities.

An aging population means that more and more people will need assistance for coping with activities of daily living. This assistance cannot be provided by family members busy with their work routines.

The family members are also not likely to have needed expertise in handling different types of conditions, such as Alzheimer’s.

Housing options for our elderly and disabled is thus a growing need and will remain so for the foreseeable future. It is part of the fabric of our modern day culture for many reasons, good and bad.

There are opportunities for innovation and gaining a competitive advantage. Many kinds of professional care givers and many types of living models will be needed.

The standards for facilities and operators and the models continue to mature and improve, but we still need pioneers and great thinkers to help with the solutions we will need to adequately care for our aging population.

One big advantage for prospective entrepreneurs is that resources for helping them get into the business are also more developed and accessible than ever. Building models, financing, operational materials, consultants, national standards and statistics and more are all available. The time has never been easier to start an assisted living facility.

Though challenging, this is a great business which provides a needed and great service.


What is the highest level of care in assisted living? ›

Level 3 assisted living care, sometimes referred to as enhanced assisted living, is typically the highest level of care available in an assisted living facility. This level of care includes extensive hands-on assistance with multiple ADLs throughout the day, such as toileting, bathing and communicating.

Who regulates assisted living in NJ? ›

The Department of Health and Senior Services licenses three types of assisted living services under one set of rules: assisted living residences (ALRs), which are purpose-built residences; comprehensive personal care homes (CPCHs), which are converted residential boarding homes that may or may not meet new building ...

Who licenses assisted living facilities in Virginia? ›

The Virginia Department of Social Services licenses two levels of care in assisted living facilities (ALFs): residential living care (minimal assistance) or assisted living care (at least moderate assistance). Facilities licensed to provide assisted living care may also provide residential care.

How do I open an assisted living in Arizona? ›

Arizona DHS requires that you must have approval from the governing municipality in which your home is located prior to submitting an application. This will either be the city, if incorporated, or the county in which your assisted living home is located. The approval process for each municipality will vary.

What are the three principles of assisted living? ›

What Are the Three Principles of Assisted Living?
  • Person-Centered Care. With this guiding principle in place, loved ones can always expect to get care that is centered on their individual needs. ...
  • Practice Ethics at All Times. Every assisted living community should operate on a foundation of trust. ...
  • Mission Statement.
26 Feb 2021

What is the ratio of caregivers to residents in assisted living? ›

RCFE Staff Requirements

The communities with 1-15 residents usually have two to three caregivers during the day and one caregiver at night. There are no resident ratios. The administrator or a qualified designated substitute must be on-site 24 hours a day.

How do I become an assisted living administrator in NJ? ›

To be certified as an Assisted Living Administrator, you must complete the assisted living training course, and pass the Assisted Living Competency Examination within two years of successfully completing the course. Applicants also must complete a criminal background check. The certificate is valid for three years.

How much does it cost to live in assisted living in New Jersey? ›

According to Genworth's Cost of Care Survey 2020, New Jersey ranks as one of the more expensive states in the nation as far as the cost of assisted living. As of 2021, the national average is $4,300 / month, but in NJ, residents pay approximately $2,350 / month more, with the average cost being $6,650 / month.

How do I get my Lnha license in NJ? ›

The New Jersey Board of Nursing Home Examiners requires that nursing home administrators be licensed. To earn the license, candidates must complete 100 hours of continuing education in coursework relevant to the administration of Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Are assisted living facilities regulated in Virginia? ›

In Virginia, assisted living facilities are licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services, and assisted living administrators are licensed by the Board of Long-Term Care Administrators within the Virginia Department of Health Professions. Below are links to the applicable regulations.

Does Virginia Medicaid cover assisted living? ›

Virginia does not currently have a Medicaid program that helps to pay for assisted living. However, while the VA Adult Services program does not provide care services in assisted living, it does provide assisted living assessments.

What do I need to start a group home in Virginia? ›

A building permit issued by the Department of Development & Permits is required in order to initiate review and issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy for a group home in a residential district. A license from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services must be submitted as part of the application.

What is the average monthly cost for assisted living in Arizona? ›

The average cost of assisted living in Arizona is $3,500 per month, $117 per day and $42,000 per year.

How do I set up a assisted living budget? ›

Creating a Budget for Senior Living
  1. List their net income. When you are just estimating income and expenses, it may be easy to understate or overstate them. ...
  2. List their expenses. ...
  3. List their actual spending. ...
  4. List saving sources. ...
  5. List their goals. ...
  6. List any obstacles. ...
  7. Seek support.
28 Jun 2019

How do I get assisted living administrator license in Arizona? ›

Assisted Living Manager Course Requirements:

Complete the 40 hour classroom requirement. Pass competency exams at 80% or higher. Pass Arizona State Written Final Exam. Pass the NCIA Board Certification Exam.

What is a disadvantage of an assisted living facility? ›

The major drawback of assisted living is its cost, as it is not covered by Medicare. Assisted living facilities often include only a small number of activities in their base monthly price. In addition to monthly costs, personal care services, such as laundry or medication reminders, are charged additionally.

What makes an assisted living facility successful? ›

A good assisted living facility will have plenty for their residents to do. Take a look at the activities and amenities available. There should be a good mix of physical, spiritual, and social activities so they stay both mentally and physically healthy.

What are the disadvantages of assisted living? ›

Disadvantages of Assisted Living
  • They are typically understaffed, leading to negligent care.
  • You are not guaranteed a private room.
  • There may be limited visitation times.
  • The amount of time you can leave the facility may be greatly restricted.
  • Patients are not allowed to clean up after themselves.
3 Jun 2013

What is the most common type of patient in assisted living facilities? ›

The typical assisted living resident is a senior citizen who suffered a mild decline in their overall health, usually due to an injury, an illness or simply because of aging.

At what age do most people enter assisted living? ›

There are some who move in close to the minimum age requirement (usually about 65), but most make the move between the ages of 75 and 84. The typical assisted living resident is an 87-year-old woman who needs help with two or three activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and medication management.

Which age group has the largest percentage in assisted living? ›

Age demographics in assisted living
  • 7% of residents are under the age of 65.
  • 11% range between 65 and 74.
  • 30% of residents are between 75 and 84.
  • 52% of residents are 85 or older.
21 Apr 2022

What percentage of an estate does the Administrator get paid NJ? ›

An Executor or Administrator in New Jersey may take commissions of 5% of the first $200,000 in value of all probate assets (or the assets received by the Administrator), 3.5% on the excess over $200,000 up to $1,000,000, and 2% on the excess over $1,000,000.

How much does an Administrator of an estate get paid in New Jersey? ›

New Jersey statutes – Title 3B – establish that income commission is 6% but corpus commission is set on a variable scale. Corpus commission is currently 5% on the first $200,000; 3.5% on the next $800,000 (up to $1,000,000); 2% on the excess over $1,000,000 and there are adjustments for co-executors.

How much do ALF administrators make in Florida? ›

How much does an Assisted Living Licensed Administrator make in Florida? The average Assisted Living Licensed Administrator salary in Florida is $114,000 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $88,900 and $149,200.

How much do most assisted living facilities cost? ›

Their data shows the median cost of assisted living facilities in the United States in 2021 as the following: $148 a day. $4,500 a month. $54,000 a year.

What state has the lowest assisted living cost? ›

In 2021, the 10 states with lowest median monthly cost of assisted living were:
  • Missouri: $3,000.
  • South Dakota: $3,350.
  • North Dakota: $3,391.
  • Kentucky: $3,448.
  • Utah: $3,500.
  • Mississippi: $3,500.
  • Alabama: $3,503.
  • Georgia: $3,535.
7 Oct 2022

Does Medicare cover assisted living? ›

Medicare won't cover most assisted living costs. Medicare does not pay for “custodial care,” a term referring to help with daily life tasks, such as eating, bathing or dressing. Most of the care given at an assisted living facility is considered custodial care.

Do you need a license to be a caregiver in NJ? ›

No. In fact, home care and home health care are different realms in the same arena. Only certified nurse assistants (CNAs) and other licensed home health care professionals can legally provide medically oriented and/or direct patient care.

Do home health aides need to be certified in NJ? ›

New Jersey's Homemaker-Health Aides (CHHAs) are certified by the Board of Nursing. Certification is dependent on completion of a training program and satisfactory performance on a competency evaluation; the individual must also clear a criminal background check.

How long does it take to become a home health aide in NJ? ›

In New Jersey it is mandatory that HHAs receive certification. To earn their credentials, NJ applicants must complete 76 hours of training (state minimum), demonstrate their skills, and pass a written examination.

What state is best for assisted living facilities? ›

Arizona is the best state for long-term care.

ValuePenguin researchers used three overall metrics — cost, access to care and quality of care at each state's nursing homes and assisted living facilities — with Arizona coming out on top.

What state has the most assisted living facilities? ›

That's because Oregon and Washington have the highest rates of residential care use in the nation, according to data posted last Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Who regulates private care homes? ›

Residential care and nursing homes are overseen by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) which is responsible for monitoring the standards of private, voluntary and Trust homes. Information on the standards required and how to complain if they are not, is available on this page.

What is the highest income to qualify for Medicaid? ›

Federal Poverty Level thresholds to qualify for Medicaid

For example, in 2022 it is $13,590 for a single adult person, $27,750 for a family of four and $46,630 for a family of eight. To calculate for larger households, you need to add $4,720 for each additional person in families with nine or more members.

How much does assisted living cost? ›

The Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021 says that the national median cost for assisted living per month is $4,500, which breaks down to around $148 per day (and adds up to $54,000 per year).

What is the monthly income limit for Medicaid in Virginia? ›

To learn if you may qualify for one of Virginia's Medicaid programs, read the chart below.
FAMIS for children under 19, FAMIS MOMS for pregnant women & Plan First - Up to 200% FPL.
Household sizeYearlyMonthly
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How much does the government pay for group homes in NC? ›

from $21.73 to $442.00 per day (See Appendix C-Rates Paid by LME/MCOs for State/Block Grant Funded Services (State Fiscal Year 2018)). Noted services include, but are not limited to Group Living, Supervised Living and Residential Supports. This also includes outliers of rate requests for specific providers.

How much do group homes make in Virginia? ›

How much does a Group HOME make in Virginia? As of Nov 13, 2022, the average annual pay for the Group HOME jobs category in Virginia is $41,496 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $19.95 an hour. This is the equivalent of $798/week or $3,458/month.

What is a group home in Virginia? ›

Group Homes in Virginia

The professional family and the individuals with disabilities are thoroughly integrated in a large family unit with participation in all of the usual family and community activities that are available to any other community citizen.

Does Medicare pay for assisted living in AZ? ›

Even though Medicare doesn't cover assisted living facilities, you can get help paying for these costs in several ways: Long-term care insurance. If you have a long-term care insurance policy, you'll usually have coverage for assisted living facilities.

Who regulates assisted living facilities in Arizona? ›

Under the direction of the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Office of Assisted Living Licensing (part of the Division of Licensing Services) regulates and monitors assisted living facilities in Arizona.

Does Arizona pay for assisted living? ›

In Arizona the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) pays for medical and care related to services for residents of Arizona in assisted living facilities. It does not however pay for room and board.

How can Assisted living increase revenue? ›

Here are ten ways to grow revenue for your senior living facility.
  1. #1: Ensure Staff Documents All Services. ...
  2. #2: Add More Services That Residents Want. ...
  3. #3: Maintain Partnerships with Effective Referral Points. ...
  4. #4: Switch to a Paperless System. ...
  5. #5: Engage in Social Media and Online Marketing.

Can you use a 401k to pay for nursing home? ›

The Long-Term Care Affordability Act would allow individuals to withdraw funds from their retirement accounts, including 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) and IRAs, to pay for long-term care insurance without paying the 10% early-withdrawal penalty. It would also exclude up to $2,500 in verified withdrawals from income tax.

How do you prepare a loved one for assisted living? ›

Preparing a Senior for a Move to Assisted Living
  1. Empower Your Senior Loved One. If possible, encourage your loved one to play a deciding role in choosing their senior community. ...
  2. Visit the Community Several Times. ...
  3. Talk, Talk, Talk. ...
  4. Decorate Like Home. ...
  5. Ease the Transition. ...
  6. Make Time for Your Emotions, Too.
6 Mar 2020

How much does an assisted living manager make in Arizona? ›

The average Assisted Living Manager salary in Arizona is $51,950 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $44,589 and $57,424.

Who licenses assisted living in Arizona? ›

The Division of Public Health Licensing Services, Bureau of Residential Facilities Licensing, licenses assisted living facilities (ALFs).

What are the 4 levels of care? ›

Routine home care, general inpatient care, continuous home care, respite.

What is considered higher level of care? ›

HLOC Definition: This includes acute inpatient, crisis stabilization units, partial hospitalization services and intensive outpatient programs as covered by the specific contract.

What is the most complex level of care? ›

Tertiary care: The tertiary care level is for extremely specialized care over a short or extended period involving complex and advanced equipment, treatment or procedures, often for severe or life-threatening conditions.

What are the different care levels? ›

Overall Level of Care Needed
  • Level One — Low level of care. This resident is mostly independent but may need reminders to perform ADLs. ...
  • Level Two — Intermediate or moderate level of care. ...
  • Level Three — High level of care.
28 Feb 2018

What are the 4 P's of patient care? ›

The four Ps (predictive, preventive, personalized, participative) [3] (Box 21.1) represent the cornerstones of a model of clinical medicine, which offers concrete opportunities to modify the healthcare paradigm [4].

What happens in the last 48 hours of life? ›

In the final hours of life, your loved one's body will begin to shut down. Their circulatory and pulmonary systems will slowly begin to fail. This may lead to falling body temperatures, but may also cause sudden outbursts. Your loved one will also experience greater difficulty interacting with the outside world.

What is the lowest level of care? ›

Lower levels of care typically are for residents who need minimal assistance. These residents can ambulate without assistance, whether walking on their own, with an assistive device, or with a wheelchair. Residents have no memory loss and are able to make their preferences known.

What are the three C's of high quality care? ›

Clinical Confidence and the Three C's: Caring, Communicating, and Competence.

What are the 5 levels of care? ›

The levels of care in addiction treatment are early intervention, outpatient, intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization, residential/inpatient, and medically managed intensive inpatient.

What are the 3 levels of health care facilities? ›

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary HealthCare.

What is the most difficult type of patients? ›

Understand the four types of 'difficult' patients
  1. Dependent clingers. Early in the medical relationship, these are the patients who pour on the praise. ...
  2. The entitled demander. ...
  3. The manipulative help-rejecting complainer. ...
  4. The self-destructive denier.

What are the two different types of care for the elderly? ›

Regardless of the location in which assistance is provided, at the highest level there are two types of care, skilled care (medical care) and custodial care (non-medical care).

What are the 3 structure of care? ›


2.4 summarizes the three dimensions of primary care structure – governance, economic conditions and workforce development – presented in this chapter.

What is the most common type of care? ›

The most common type of long-term care is personal care—help with everyday activities, also called "activities of daily living." These activities include bathing, dressing, grooming, using the toilet, eating, and moving around—for example, getting out of bed and into a chair.

What does 2 Assist mean? ›

Level 2 Assisted Living Definition-Moderate Level of Care: This level of care refers to a resident who requires substantial assistance or support in one or more health care or personal care areas. This individual may be able to independently perform some ADLs, but need help with others.

What is the difference between assisted living and nursing home? ›

Assisted living facilities typically allow residents and their family members to come and go as they please. On the other hand, nursing home facilities will likely require visitors and loved ones to sign in at the front desk.


1. 10 Steps to Open an Assisted Living Facility: Step 1 Is This Business Right For You?
(My ALF Training)
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