Assisted Living in Louisiana
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Families looking for assisted living in Louisiana (LA) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 129 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 15 percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Louisiana will pay $3,550 per month on average.
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What You Should Know About Assisted Living in Louisiana
In Louisiana, assisted living facilities are also commonly referred to as residential care facilities or board and care facilities. The Department of Health and Hospitals regulates all long-term care facilities in the state, including assisted living communities, to ensure they follow state laws that ensure facility residents receive the highest level of care possible.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Louisiana
Seniors in Louisiana who need help covering the monthly costs of living in an assisted living community have limited options.
Social Security Income (SSI) State Supplement
Any low-income senior who is eligible for SSI payments and resides in an assisted living community that accepts Medicaid can apply for supplemental SSI payments through the state to cover monthly living expenses. While SSI payments are handled through the federal government, Louisiana's Bureau of Health Services Finances and Contractors takes applications for supplemental SSI payments.
The amount of monthly supplemental SSI payments vary depending on your total monthly income. To determine if you're eligible for supplemental SSI payments, the amount of your monthly SSI payments and any other monthly income you have is deducted from the standard income amount determined by the state. If your income is still below the state's standard after your monthly income is deducted, Louisiana gives you supplemental SSI payments.
Who Is Eligible?
Louisiana's supplemental SSI program is available to all seniors who receive monthly SSI payments but still fall below the state's preset monthly income standards and reside in an assisted living community that accepts Medicaid.
How to Apply
To apply for supplemental SSI payments, you should contact your nearest Bureau of Health Services Finances and Contractors office or your local Social Security office.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It's important to note that not all assisted living communities in Louisiana accept the same forms of payment. You should check with your community before applying for assistance to determine what type of payments they accept. You should also check with your assisted living facility to see if they offer discounted rates to low-income seniors.
More Ways to Finance Assisted Living
While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Visit our 9 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living page for more information.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Louisiana
It might take a little time and patience to find the right assisted living community for you or your loved one. Fortunately, there are several free resources available to seniors and their families to make the process as simple as possible.
Louisiana Area Agencies on Aging
The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) has more than 600 offices across the United States, including 36 offices in Louisiana.This is a federally funded organization that strives to help seniors with everything from finding an acceptable assisted living facility to applying for Medicare/Medicaid. Some of the different resources AAA provides include:
- an ombudsman program that handles complaints from seniors about their assisted living community.
- assistance filling out forms and understand benefit applications.
- counseling for families of assisted living facility residents who need help through the transition process
602 East 5th Avenue, PO Drawer EL, Oakdale, LA 71463
1700 Buckner Street, #240, Shreveport, LA 71101
104 Port Street, PO Drawer 534, DeRidder, LA 70634
600 Factory Outlet Dr, Suite 15, Arcadia, LA 71001
706 Bearkat Drive, Bossier City, LA 71111
110 Toledo Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
3950 Highway 14 Lake, Charles, LA 70607
307 Main Street, PO Box 1498, Columbia, LA 71418
965 Highway 384, PO Box 8801 (ZIP 70606), Lake Charles, LA 7060
6554 Florida Boulevard Suite 221, Carrollton Office Baton Rouge, LA 70896
1423 Peterman Drive., PO Box 13027 ZIP 71315-3027, Alexandria, LA 71301
608 East 4th Street, PO Box 480, Homer, LA 71040
404 Polk Street, P. O. Box 996, Mansfield, LA 71052
5790 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
3535.S Sherwood Forest Blvd Suite 227, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
6640 Riverside Drive, Suite 140, PO Box 73769, Metairie, LA 70003
210 South State Street, PO Box 734, Jennings, LA 70546
4876 Highway 1, P.O. Box 500, Mathews, LA 70375
949 Government Drive (ZIP 70727), PO Box 658, Denham Springs, LA 70726
412 North Fourth Street, 3rd Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
203 South Elm St., PO Box 1229 ( ZIP 71284-1229), Tallulah, LA 71282
200 Elm Street, East Madison Park, Bastrop, LA 71220
1016 Keyser Ave, P.O. Box 2083, Natchitoches, LA 71457
2475 Canal St, Suite 400, New Orleans, LA 70119
1913 Stubbs Avenue, Monroe, LA 71201
3712 Main St. Belle, Chasse, LA 70037
1825 Front Street, PO Drawer 688, Coushatta, LA 71019
200 Legacy Drive, Many, LA 71449
995 West Tunnel Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
200 North Third Street, Leesville, LA 71446
316 McIntyre Street, Minden, LA 71058
207 East Jefferson Street, PO Box 1058, Oak Grove, LA 71263
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also has offices in every state to help aging veterans and their spouses find assisted living facilities in their area that are a good fit for them. Additionally, your local VA office's staff members can help you go through all of your current VA benefits to see if you're eligible for any benefits you don't currently have and apply for additional benefits if needed.
If you're a veteran, you can always turn to your localVA center for help. VA center staff members help seniors and their spouses find appropriate assisted living communities. They can also review all of your current VA benefits and help you determine if you're eligible for any VA benefits you don't currently have.
Below is a list of VA Centers in the state and their contact information:
5803 Coliseum Boulevard, Suite D, Alexandria, LA 71303
7850 Anselmo Lane, Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
1250 Poydras St., 4th Floor, Suite 400, New Orleans, LA 70113
2800 Youree Drive, Building 1, Suite 105, Shreveport, LA 71104
While the Social Security Administration operates on a federal level, the department maintains offices in all 50 states. You can visit your local social security office to review your current social security and SSI benefits to ensure you're receiving all of the benefits you're entitled to receive. Local social security offices also handle applications for and questions about Medicare. It's also a good idea to contact Social Security if you need help filling out forms or understanding documentation they've sent you.
A list of Louisiana Social Security offices can be found below.
3401 North Blvd, Alexandria, LA 71301
1-877-876-3171 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
5455 Bankers Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
1-866-613-3070 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
4332 Harding Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
1-888-487-0143 or TTY: 1-225-382-2082
438 Avenue B, Bogalusa, LA 70427
1-888-748-7678 or TTY: 1-985-735-0945
807 South Pine St, De Ridder, LA 70634
1-877-616-2524 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
2100 Robin Ave, Hammond, LA 70403
1-855-848-7937 or TTY: 1-985-542-1193
178 Civic Center Blvd, Houma, LA 70360
1-866-899-5631 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
1616 Joe Yenni Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065
1-800-772-1213 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
64285 Highway 434, Lacombe, LA 70445
1-866-887-8997 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
106 Corporate Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70508
1-888-619-4771 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
149 W 18th St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
1-877-409-8431 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
2100 Sartor St, Leesville, LA 71446
1-888-577-6906 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
103 Mbl Bank Drive, Minden, LA 71055
1-877-319-5762 or TTY: 1-318-371-9004
1120 Plaza Blvd, Monroe, LA 71201
1-866-815-8716 or TTY: 1-318-387-9906
1279 Clothilde St, Morgan City, LA 70380
1-855-433-5874 or TTY: 1-985-384-2993
950 Keyser Ave, Natchitoches, LA 71457
1-855-634-4195 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
417 Spanish Town Blvd, New Iberia, LA 70560
1-866-592-1496 or TTY: 1-337-374-1832
400 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
1-800-772-1213 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
5097 I49 S Service Rd, Opelousas, LA 70570
1-866-698-3338 or TTY: 1-337-948-8683
2017 Bular St, Ruston, LA 71270
1-877-405-7823 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
1240 S Pointe Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71105
1-877-319-3074 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
115 Terry Pkwy, Terrytown, LA 70056
1-800-772-1213 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Louisiana
All long-term care facilities in Louisiana, including assisted living facilities, are required to follow the state's laws and regulations in regards to maintaining the community, hiring and training staff members, and caring for residents. This way, assisted living communities remain safe, homelike environments for seniors. Before you begin searching for a community you love, familiarize yourself with some of the state's regulations so you know the assisted living facility you choose is reputable and up-to-date.
Assisted Living Service Plan Requirements
All potential residents must go through a preadmission appraisal before entering an assisted living community. This helps staff members determine whether or not the facility can take care of your needs. After you're admitted to your facility, the staff conducts a complete assessment that addresses both your needs and preferences. Then, they use this information to develop an individual care plan for you. Your care plan will be revised any time your medical condition or preferences change, and the plan has to be reviewed every quarter to ensure all of your needs continue to be met.
Assisted Living Admission Requirements
Assisted living facilities in Louisiana are not allowed to admit any residents who require a continuous nursing care for more than a 90-day period. If you need temporary nursing care for 90 days or less, you can still reside in an assisted living facility. However, you or one of your family members have to arrange for care through appropriate private-duty personnel.
Admission to an assisted living facility can also be denied to seniors who display aggressive, violent, or disruptive behavior. Facilities also can't admit seniors who may be a danger to themselves or others.
Assisted Living Scope of Care
Assisted living facilities in Louisiana are designed to provide assistance to seniors who want to maintain a high level of independence but still need some help. Because of this, they provide an array of personal care services, 24-hour supervision and assistance, daily activities, and some health-related services. Some services you can expect to find at your assisted living community include:
- housekeeping services
- laundry services
- help with daily chores
- assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, grooming, basic hygiene and eating
- assistance with social activities
- assistance with self-administration of medications
Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
In Louisiana, the state's regular Medicaid program and the Medicaid waiver programs do not help fund room and board for seniors living in assisted living communities or any of the services they receive while in residence.
Assisted Living Facility Requirements
The state's regulations for assisted living communities require assisted living facilities to provide residents with apartment-style units with lockable doors. Every unit must include:
- a food preparation area with a sink that has hot and cold running water, a mini fridge, electrical outlets, a stove and/or microwave, counter space, and cabinets for food storage.
- a private bathroom that includes a toilet, sink, and a shower or bathtub compliant with specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- a dining/sitting/bedroom area.
- storage/closet space.
- a wired or wireless operating emergency call system that's easy for residents to access and is monitored 24 hours per day.
- an HVAC system with an individually controlled thermostat.
- a phone jack.
Units aren't allowed to have more than two bedrooms, and residents who reside in double-occupancy units have the right to choose their roommate. Both individuals have to agree to the living arrangement in writing before they are allowed to share a unit. Units with one bedroom and studio-style efficiency units can be shared with another person as long as the roommate is the resident's spouse, relative or live-in companion, and both parties have to agree to the living arrangements.
Medication Management Regulations
Staff members at assisted living communities in Louisiana can assist residents with self-administration of prescription and non-prescription medications as long as the medication is included in the resident's care plan. Assistance with medication is limited to:
- reminding a resident to take his or her medication.
- reading the medication regime, as it appears on the container, to the resident.
- checking the dosage amount on the container label.
- opening a medicine container if the resident can't open it by him or herself.
- physical assistance with pouring or taking medications as long as the resident understand what the medication is for and why he or she is taking the medication.
Every assisted living facility in Louisiana has to have a director, designated recreational/activity staff, and direct care staff. Direct care staff might include social workers, activities personnel, care assistants, or any other who staff members who provide direct care to residents on a regular basis.
The state doesn't have a minimum staff-to-resident ratio that assisted living facilities have to follow. However, they are required to maintain enough staff members each shift to cover every resident’s scheduled and unscheduled needs. They are also required to have on on-duty, awake staff member working at all times and a direct care staff member on call for every shift.
Staff Training Requirements
Directors of assisted living facilities in Louisiana must complete 12 hours of continuing education that pertains to areas related to assisted living concepts, the field of geriatrics, supervisory/management techniques, or specialized training in the population the facility serves. Additionally, facilities are required to provide five days of additional supervised training for direct care staff.
New employees have to go through an orientation process to familiarize themselves with the facility's staff members, residents, and procedures. Then, a senior staff member has to review these procedures with all existing staff members once every 12 months.
Background Checks for ALR Staff in Louisiana
All employees, board members, and facility owners must submit to a criminal background check before they are hired or licensed. Employment and licenses may be denied or revoked if a person has a conviction for a crime that if repeated would cause harm to a resident or a criminal conviction for a crime against an existing board member, owner, or employee of the facility.
Requirements for Reporting Abuse
Adult Protective Services handles all reports of elder abuse in the state of Louisiana through its Elderly Protective Services department. The department takes reports 24 hours per day, seven days per week. However, if you witness a crime that's life-threatening, immediately call 911 for emergency services.
It's important to remember that elder abuse doesn't only include physical abuse. Elderly Protective Services also investigates cases of sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, and exploitation. If you or a loved one resides in an assisted living facility, it's important to learn how to recognize signs of abuse and report any suspected incidents as soon as possible.
Assisted Living Facilities in Louisiana
Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Louisiana
Caring.com’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best assisted living facilities across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.
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