Assisted Living in Minnesota

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A Caregiver's Guide to Assisted Living Facilities in Minnesota

What they're called

Official name: Housing with Services Residence (which also has a home care agency license to provide healthcare-related services)

Common name: Assisted living facilities

To compare assisted living to board and care, skilled nursing, and other long-term residential care communities, see Residential Care Options: How to Decide.

What they offer
  • Individual or shared living units (from single rooms to multiroom apartments), often with cooking facilities
  • Meals, usually in a common dining area (two meals per day required by law)
  • Housekeeping and laundry, at least weekly
  • Supervision, health and medication monitoring, including administration of or assistance with medications
  • On-call nursing services
  • Personal care services, including help with at least three activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing, and bathing
  • Social and exercise activities Note: Some facilities also offer respite care and other special services.
    What they cost

Median monthly fees: $3,100 (higher for residents requiring memory care)

State of Minnesota requirements
  • A facility that holds a Class A home care agency license may provide, or contract with an outside Class A agency to provide, professional nursing; home health assistance; physical, speech, respiratory, and occupational therapy; medical social services; and medical supplies and equipment.
  • A facility that holds a Class F home care agency license may provide, or contract with an outside Class F agency to provide, nursing services, personal care services, and central storage of medication.
  • Assessment of resident's condition and needs by a registered nurse must be made upon admission.
State of Minnesota oversight

The Minnesota state Department of Health, Program Assurance Unit (651-201-4101) licenses and regulates assisted living facilities.

How to resolve problems or offer feedback
How to pay for assisted living in Minnesota
  • Most assisted living is paid for privately by the resident and/or his or her family.
  • For Medicaid-eligible low-income residents who qualify for nursing home care, Minnesota's Medicaid home and community-based waiver program pays part of the cost of services provided by participating assisted living facilities.
  • Low-income veterans or surviving spouses of veterans may be eligible for Aid and Attendance or other payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which can help pay for assisted living.
  • Some assisted living facilities offer sliding scale fees, making a higher level of care available to families that might not otherwise be able to afford it. Be sure to ask -- or ask a geriatric care manager in the area if he or she knows which facilities offer sliding scale fees).
Help finding and choosing a facility
  • Hire a geriatric care manager (most have extensive local knowledge about assisted living facilities in a particular geographic area, including space availability, resident needs assessments, sliding scale fees, and resident satisfaction). To find a geriatric care manager, see Caring.com's Senior Living Directory.
  • For details about assisted living facilities in each of the 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, see A Caregiver's Guide to Assisted Living Facilities.

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