A licensed Assisted Living Facility is regulated by the Agency for Health Care Administration in the State of Florida. Facilities are equipped to provide personal care services (i.e. direct physical assistance with or supervision of the activities of daily living (ADL’s) and assistance with self-administration of medication). The licensed facility described here is also referred to as a standard licensed assisted living facility.
Chelsea Place Retirement Living is a standard licensed assisted living facility. Our setting is designed for seniors who can no longer live on their own, but who do not need complex medical supervision – just friendly assistance with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, getting around and medication reminders. Our services include:
- 24/7 Professional Staff
- Personal Assistance
- Assistance with Medication
- 3 Home Cooked Meals plus Snacks Daily
- Exercise Programs
- Arranged Transportation
- Private Rooms
- Laundry & Housekeeping Services
- Enhanced Safety Systems
- HD Televisions
- Wireless High Speed Internet
- Access to legal services
Assisted Living as Defined by Law (FS.429.025)
An assisted living facility is defined by law to be any building or buildings, section or distinct part of a building, private home, boarding home, home for the aged, or other residential facility, whether operated for profit or not, which undertakes through its ownership or management to provide housing, meals and one or more personal services for a period exceeding 24 hours to one or more adults who are not relatives of the provider.
Florida has four types of assisted living facility licenses. These different license types allow facilities to offer different levels of care:
- Standard licensed facilities are as described above.
- An Extended Congregate Care (ECC) license enables the facility to provide some nursing services and additional personal care.
- Facilities with a Limited Nursing Services (LNS) license can provide additional nursing services for residents that need them but are still limited and held within state assisted living regulations.
- Facilities with Limited Mental Health (LMH) licenses provide residences for individuals with mental illness and work closely with community mental health agencies.
Most assisted living arrangements are privately paid, though some assistance may be available to help offset the cost. Veteran benefits known as the Aid and Attendance Pension and the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program provide some financial assistance to qualified individuals. Even if an assisted living facility employs a nurse, they are not licensed by Medicare or Medicaid to provide skilled nursing or rehabilitation care.
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Kris Chana is the owner of Chelsea Place Assisted Living in Port Charlotte. A native of Florida, he’s owned an assisted living facility since 2008. Kris offers assisted living services and senior day care to residents in Charlotte County, Florida.