Many people believe that assisted living in Connecticut is out of reach for the average older adult, financially speaking, especially since our state is even pricier than other nearby states. But here’s some good news: the State of Connecticut supports several assisted living programs for individuals and couples with modest means.
According to the Department of Social Services’ website: “Assisted living bridges the gap between independent living and nursing homes. Assisted living is designed for people who want to live in a community setting and who need help with activities of daily living (ADLs), but who do not need as much care as they would receive at a nursing home.”
Why does the state want to help you stay out of a nursing home?
Because Connecticut nursing homes are WAY more expensive, and when people run out of money, the state shoulders about half of their expenses in the nursing home (the federal government pays the other half through Medicaid).
Choose from 5 options
Introducing, Connecticut’s Assisted Living Demonstration Project, one of several assisted living programs available in Connecticut where both rent and the cost of personal care is subsidized. Connecticut has designated up to 300 subsidized dwelling units in four assisted living facilities:
- Herbert T. Clark in Glastonbury (45 units)
- The Retreat in Hartford (95 units)
- Smithfield Gardens in Seymour (56 units)
- Luther Ridge at Middletown (45 units)
- Immanuel House in Hartford
At the Immanuel House, you must 62 and over. To be eligible for the Demonstration Project at the other facilities, you must also be eligible for the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE), which means you must:
- Be 65 years of age or older
- Be a Connecticut resident (no minimum time requirement)
- Meet the program’s functional criteria and/or be at risk of nursing home placement
- Meet CHCPE’s financial criteria
The five participating facilities provide accommodations and assisted living services including:
- Individual apartments with private kitchen and bath facilities
- Housekeeping services, including bed change on a weekly basis
- Weekly laundry service for personal laundry and linens
- Scheduled transportation service for personal shopping, social and recreations events, health care appointments and similar needs
- Maintenance service for residents’ living units, including chore services for routine domestic tasks that the resident is unable to perform
- Programs of social and recreational opportunities
- Twenty-four hour a day attendants/security
- Emergency call system
- On-site washers and dryers sufficient to meet residents’ needs
- Community space to encourage gathering of resident population
- On-site service coordinator
What a relief for those who need more affordable living options.
The Assisted Living Demonstration Project is a wonderful option for Connecticut seniors who need an affordable and supportive living situation to remain as independent as possible. For further information and application materials, visit the facilities’ links above.
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