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Under Nevada law, assisted living homes are referred to as 'homes for individual residential care' or a 'residential home for groups.' Locations offering this senior care type may also be called 'personal care homes,' or just 'residential care homes.' According to Nevada’s regulations, a residential home for groups is defined as an entity which provides food, shelter, assistance with daily living activities, personal care, limited health care and limited supervision to residents who are aged and/or disabled on a 24-hour basis.
There are approximately over 300 assisted living communities operating in Nevada.
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The average cost of assisted living in Nevada is $3,238 per month. Compared to the remainder of the United States, Nevada’s average costs of long-term care is slightly lower than the national average which falls at $3,600 per month for senior care. Within the state, average costs for long-term care varies depending on the location and populations of the area. In more populous residential areas, excluding Las Vegas, median costs are fairly more expensive.
For more information about assisted living costs in Nevada, check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.
Known to be the home of one of the most notable cities in America, Nevada offers a unique array of opposing attractions ranging from historical rock formations from the dinosaur era to the roaring Las Vegas Strip. Travel to back to Jurassic and Paleolithic areas by exploring the Valley of Fire State Park. Deemed as the oldest state park in Nevada, the Valley of Fire State Park offers a range of walking trails, which feature the gigantic red sandstone formations that began forming during the Jurassic era. The park also includes picnicking, camping and easily accessible walking trails to two areas in particular which have many petroglyphs.
For those who like to combine leisure time and outdoor activities, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers not only hiking, picnicking, camping and horseback riding; it also features a 13-mile picturesque drive around the canyon and nature observation stations. A man-made wonder of Nevada, the Hoover Dam is a famous and intricate part of American History. Visit the operating dam and experience the history of the men who risked their lives to build it. Entrenched in rich and interesting history, Nevada also sports a variety of museums to be enjoyed.
Nevada has three main industries: mining, gambling, and nuclear weapons testing. Nevada is much more than Las Vega. Nevada actually has a large population of retirees in the Las Vegas area.
Known as the driest state in America, Nevada’s desert climate supplies high summer temperatures and mild winters. The spring and fall seasons are the most favorable to locals and visitors alike due to the mildly enjoyable weather. Summer brings the hottest month of July and August with daytime temperatures reaching between 90 – 100 degrees. Beginning in December, winter in Nevada is mild compared to other states. Temperatures during a Nevada winter fall into the low 50-degree range. Annually, Nevada accumulates less than 8 inches of precipitation.
Assisted living homes and personal care homes are regulated by a state-to-state basis. Every state has a publicly accessible legal document outlining the regulations, licensing, operation and other rules for assisted living. Falling under the jurisdiction of the Nebraska Department of Health And Human Services, the complete official regulations for a residential home for groups can be viewed online via the health and human services website. Public records concerning inspections, citations, violations, and the like on individual assisted senior care homes can be found online.
When looking for a new place to live, it is always important to consider the safety of the community you are in. Nevada has crime rates that are slightly higher than the national average. If you are not sure where to start your search, we recommend starting your search with these communities in Nevada:
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For those seeking financial assistance, Nevada’s Medicaid offers the Home and Community Based Waiver for elderly residents who qualify for nursing home level care but prefer to live in a assisted senior living communities. This waiver supplies service, which is specifically non-medical. However, services such as personal care, chore services, adult day care and other like services focused on maintaining elderly living independence. This program is offered through the Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department of Health and Human Services. More information on this waiver and eligibility guidelines can be found via the official Home and Community Based Waiver for the Elderly web page.
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 constitutional civil rights, rights of privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. 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.
Nevada 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 shall be readily accessible upon request and should be kept for a period no less than 5 years from death or discharge date.
Residents in Nevada assisted living centers 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.