In Minnesota, assisted living varies from a three bedroom luxury apartment with full kitchen and multiple baths, to an efficiency apartment with a partial kitchen and half bath. To be considered “Assisted Living” in Minnesota the minimum requirements are:
- 2 meals a day.
- Weekly housekeeping and laundry service.
- Assistance with 3 or more of the activities of daily living (dressing, grooming, bathing, eating, transferring, continence care and toileting).
- Staff is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to respond to resident requests for assistance with health and safety needs.
Charges for these services vary widely. At most communities there is one charge for rent and meals, and a separate charge for care needs.
Prior to a move, a RN assessment is conducted which determines the care needs. This will determine the care cost portion of your monthly fees. In this setting, your care package means that staff will come to your apartment or residence at specific times as defined in the care plan.
Housing With Services
In Minnesota, “Housing with Services” typically means that some or all of the following services are available: dining, housekeeping, laundry and personal care. Staff may be available 24/7 but it is not required. An RN assessment is needed if you want care services.
Assisted Living and “Housing with Services” buildings typically include a basic package of services and amenities included in the rent. What each community includes varies quite a bit. Here is a list of what might be included:
- 24 hour on-site staff
- Utilities; water, heat, electric, trash, sometimes phone, cable, internet
- Transportation for shopping and health care appointments
- 1-3 meals a day plus snacks
- Cultural activities
- Wellness programs
- Laundry assistance