The decision to relocate to an assisted living facility isn’t one that’s made easily. For the seniors involved, there are questions of whether or not they’ll be well taken care of, and if they’ll be able to continue the activities or relationships they enjoyed previously. For the other family members involved, there are questions about cost, safety, and how much their senior loved ones will actually enjoy residing in an assisted living facility.

As the premier assisted living facility in Hot Springs, South Dakota, Pine Hills Retirement Community wants to be your resource for answering these questions. We don’t want there to be a single doubt in your mind that your senior loved one will not only be safe at Pine Hills, but will also get to live as independent of a life as possible while they’re here.

Choosing life in an assisted living facility shouldn’t mean the end of the life you once enjoyed. It should simply be a new chapter that allows you to make new relationships and enjoy fun activities!

That’s why we’ve assembled a short list of commonly asked questions, as long as their brief answers. We hope this will help you to become more comfortable with the idea of spending time in our assisted living facility here in beautiful Hot Springs, South Dakota!

1. Are Assisted Living Facilities Covered By Insurance?

It depends on the type of insurance that you have. While Medicare doesn’t cover assisted living costs, your private long-term or supplementary insurance may indeed cover some of the costs. As we mentioned in a previous post, some or all of your assisted living costs may also be tax deductible. Our assisted living facility has insurance experts that can be helpful in getting answers to questions about your specific policy.

2. How Do Assisted Living Facilities Protect Their Residents?

While we can’t speak to the safety and security policies of all assisted living facilities, we’re happy to tell you that Pine Hills Retirement Community takes the safety of all residents very seriously. We provide 24-hour security for all common areas, apartments and grounds. Each resident receives a wireless call pendant which will summon assistance 24-hours a day. Contact us if you’d like to know more about our security measures.

3. Why Move Into An Assisted Living Facility?

The simple answer to this question is: to make life easier. As people age, the physical tasks that were once taken for granted suddenly become difficult. There may also be chronic health conditions that require regular doctor visits, medication, and supervision. When you live in an assisted living facility, you have access to a home, a social community, physical care, and 24-hour security, all in one place!

4. Are Assisted Living Facilities Subject To HIPAA?

Yes. As healthcare providers, assisted living facilities come into contact with the protected health information of their clients, and as such are subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This means that assisted living facilities must comply with HIPAA encryption requirements to protect the privacy and security of protected health information.

Do you have questions about assisted living that aren’t answered on this page? Contact Pine Hill Retirement Community in Hot Springs today!