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In the District of Columbia, an assisted living residence or personal care community is defined as, "an entity that combines housing, health, and personalized assistance in the form of a service place for individuals who are unrelated to the entity's owner or operator.
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The monthly median cost of assisted living in Washington, DC is $7,838 per month. This cost is well above the national average of $3,600 for assisted living care costs. The average monthly cost can also depend on the amount of personal care needed. If you want to settle down in the nation’s capital, you’re going to need deep pockets.
For more information about assisted living costs in Washington, DC, check outGenworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.
The nation’s capital provides ample attractions and entertainment venues to make sure everyone has a good time during their visit to the state. The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by Congress in 1846 and maintains most of the nation’s official museums and galleries in DC. These are some of the most frequented museums and galleries in the country, and the best part is, they are free.
Besides the abundant art, history, and scientific displays, The National Zoo in Woodley Park is another great location to explore. Washington DC is also a national center for the arts with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts being home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Opera, and the Washington Ballet.
The District of Columbia is the capital of the U.S. and is not part of any state. Maryland and Virginia each donated land in order to form this federal district, including the pre-existing settlements of Alexandria and Georgetown. Residents in the district are proud to live in the national’s capital and that attitude permeates through their hard work and resiliency.
Washington, DC is located in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. East Coast and is bordered in the northwest by Montgomery County, Maryland, Prince George’s County, Maryland to the east, as well as Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia in the south and west. The city has a total of 68.34 square miles, and about 7 square miles of that is water.
Winters here are somewhat chilly and prone to light snow averaging about 16 inches annually with temperatures around 38 degrees. Summers here can be hot and humid and average 80 degrees. Washington, DC is also prone to some violent storms called “nor’easters,” which also affect large portions of the East Coast.
Assisted living homes in Washington DC are inspected and licensed by the district’s Department of Health. In DC, assisted nursing homes are not required to have the license in a prominent place accessible to public view. Assisted living communities are inspected on an annual basis as part of the license renewal process. You can find the annual survey results on the district’s Department of Health site. Any differences between personal care and assisted living can also be found on the website. Residents that wish to file a complaint are asked to do so via an online form also available on the Department of Health website.
Washington, DC has crime rates well above the national averages. That being said, there are many neighborhood watches, crime stopper programs, and police officers working to protect the community. That is why it is critical to find a safe environment so that your senior feels secure.
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The EPD Waiver is a Medicaid program that was created with the intent to help eligible applicants remain living at home or an assisted living facility, instead of going to a nursing home. Services included with this waiver include housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care services, and more. Find out more about the EPD Waiver on the Department of Health Care Finance site.
Alternate payment options are available. Families can apply for an assisted living family loan. This provides temporary or long-term financial assistance when paying for assisted senior care. The program allows multiple people to contribute to payment.
While residing in the home, a resident retains the rights afforded to them as a citizen or resident of the United States. The resident also retains the right to personal possessions, autonomy over personal finances, bodily autonomy, and power of attorney. The resident has a right to be informed of the process to file a complaint of unsatisfactory living situations, abuse, neglect and the like. As a resident of an assisted living community, you have the right to be fully informed of your health condition and participate in decisions related to care.
Washington, DC assisted living homes are required to provide appropriate health services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. Medical records must be overseen and managed by a dedicated employee in the assisted living home.
Residents in Washington, DC personal care communities have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information, and it is to be provided at a cost not to exceed the community standard for photocopies.