Is living at Assisted Living truly like living at home?

No. We like to think that it is better. As we see from retirement, some of us lose a sense of purpose. We retreat to our home as a sanctuary, thus finding it often evolves into a prison over time. Without social contact, boredom often sets in and we tend to lose our self-worth.

As humans, we thrive best when we are in a stimulating environment. As active, healthy adults we are most often occupied with jobs, community and raising families. When our daily living needs change, we don’t have as many opportunities in this type of environment. Our homes and possessions are comforting because we feel as if nothing is changing in our lives. Yet change is good and moving into an assisted living community allows us to move our possessions and wonderful memories with us. Living in an assisted living community allows us the opportunity to enhance our years by gaining new friends, activities and challenges to keep both mind and body keen.

What are the differences between the levels of long term care?

Long-term Care ranges from having someone to help around your house to 24-hour care in a skilled nursing facility. Understanding what to expect from each level will assist you in selecting the kind of long term care that is best for you.

Home Care usually includes nurses coming to your home if you are unable to go out for medical care. Home health aides or personal care service workers can also visit daily or as needed to help you bathe, dress, clean house, prepare meals and shop.

Adult care offers social interaction and meals up to five days a week, based on the program. Some programs provide transportation to and from the center. Activities vary, but usually include exercise, games, art and music. Some have minimal medical services which include help with taking medication and checking blood pressure.

Senior Housing usually is a set of rental apartments that have been modified to include hand rail in the bathrooms and power outlets placed higher on the walls. This level of long terms care may include meals, transportation, activities and housekeeping.

Assisted Living allows you to remain as independent as possible. Assisted living staff is available to help residents take their medication on schedule, assist with bathing, dressing, provide housekeeping and laundry assistance. Along with in-house and outside activities, assisted living facilities may have on-site beauty/barber/shops and health services, such as a medical clinic or rehabilitation facility.

Nursing Homes offer 24 hour care if you are recovering from an illness or injury. They also offer end of life care. When more medical care is required, such as wound care or help with respirators or ventilators, a nursing home is often the level of care choice. Personal care, such as bathing, dressing and going to the bathroom is furnished at this level of care.

Will I be able to have guests visit?

Yes. We encourage our residents to have family and friends visit often. We do lock the front doors at 11pm for security reasons.

How do I pay for Assisted Living?

Sources of pay for assisted living include:

  • Private Pay
  • Long Term Care Policy
  • Medicare Waiver

What is Medicaid Waiver and how do I qualify?

Medicaid will pay for part of your rent at Magnolia New Albany. To qualify you must meet the following conditions:

  • Resident must be 21 years of age or older, AND
  • Resident must have a deficit in at least three activities of daily living or a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia with a deficit in at least two activities of daily living,
    • Hygiene (bathing, grooming, shaving and oral care)
    • Continence
    • Dressing
    • Eating (the ability to feed oneself)
    • Toileting (the ability to use a restroom)
    • Transferring (actions such as going from a seated to standing position and getting in and out of bed)


  • Resident must require nursing facility level of care, if assistance is not otherwise provided, AND Resident must be aged, blind, or disabled and currently qualify for Medicaid due to receipt of SSI cash assistance or qualify for Medicaid based on income that is under 300% of the SSI limit for an individual. Resources (money in bank) must be less than $4,000.00.

What type of medical information is required for new residents?

By requesting an Admission Packet, you can learn all of the medical information that will need to be gathered before a move in.

Where can I find more information about assisted living?

Assisted Living Federation of America – an excellent source for more information about assisted living.