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A Caregiver's Guide to Assisted Living Facilities in Indiana

What they're called

Official name: Residential Care Facilities

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 living units (from single rooms to multiroom apartments, with cooking facilities)
  • All meals, usually in a common dining area
  • Supervision and medication monitoring
  • "Minor" nursing care based on a physician's, nurse's, or other provider's diagnosis
  • Personal care services (assistance with 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

Average monthly fees: $3,447.41 (higher for residents requiring memory care)

State of Indiana requirements
  • Facility must, prior to admission and at least semiannually (or upon substantial change in resident's condition), assess each resident's needs and provide services responsive to those needs. The assessment must include the resident's physical, cognitive, and mental status, ability to perform ADLs, and ability to self-administer medications.
  • Residents are permitted to contract with outside agencies and individuals for medical, nursing, and personal care services.
State of Indiana oversight

The Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Long Term Care (ISDH), (317) 233-7442) licenses and regulates residential care facilities.

How to resolve problems or offer feedback
How to pay for assisted living in Indiana
  • Most assisted living is paid for privately by the resident and/or his or her family.
  • For Medicaid-eligible low-income residents, Indiana's Medicaid home and community-based waiver program pays part of the monthly fees for services provided by participating 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'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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