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Assisted Living in VT

A Caregiver's Guide to Assisted Living Facilities in Vermont

What they're called

Official name: Assisted Living Residences

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 (voluntarily only, up to two persons) living units (from single rooms to multiroom apartments) with some kitchen facilities and private bathroom
  • All meals, usually in a common dining area
  • General supervision and health monitoring
  • Nursing assessment, routine nursing, and intermittent skilled nursing
  • Assistance with -- and management and administration of -- medications
  • Personal care services, including 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

Median monthly fees: $3,600 (higher for residents requiring memory care)

State of Vermont requirements
  • A resident may contract with outside agencies and providers to provide both medical and personal care -- including skilled nursing care by a licensed nurse -- not provided by the facility.
  • Facility must arrange for resident access to outside services for medical care, maintenance of assistive equipment, hospice, home health, and other supportive services.
State of Vermont oversight

The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, Division of Licensing & Protection (802-241-2345) oversees assisted living residences.

How to resolve problems or offer feedback
  • Contact the Vermont long-term care ombudsman program at 800-889-2047, operated by Vermont Legal Aid; this is a free service to help residents informally resolve problems with a facility.
  • To register a complaint about a facility, you can do so on the telephone complaint line of the State of Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, Division of Licensing & Protection at 800-564-1612.
  • Rate and review assisted living facilities.
How to pay for assisted living in Vermont
  • Most assisted living is paid for privately by the resident and/or his or her family.
  • For Medicaid-eligible low-income residents age 65 or older, Vermont's Choices for Care programs pays for some personal care services provided in participating assisted living residences.
  • 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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