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When it comes to senior living, there are as many different options as there are different types of residents. Religions and cultures can set assisted living communities apart as well as who is at the helm. One major distinction comes in whether the facility is run by a profit or non-profit group. For many seniors looking into different living options this is a deciding factor.

What is Non-Profit Assisted Living?

While all assisted living communities charge a fee to residents, non-profit facilities are different because any profit the facility makes after all expenses are paid goes back into that facility. No profits are taken by shareholders or anyone else. Many people find this idea appealing because the money stays in-house for residents’ needs. But, it’s important to note that the majority of assisted living communities are for-profit these days.

Another characteristic of assisted living is that the majority of facilities labeled as such are run by religious or faith-based groups or fraternal organizations. Anyone can choose these facilities because entrance is not based on whether you are affiliated with the organization.

Non-profit assisted living facilities are not owned by hospitals or other medical entities. Because of this many have a mission statement they adhere to each day. This is also something that is appealing to many seniors.

Benefits of Non-Profit Assisted Living

Many people find the fact that any profits stay within the assisted living community itself as enough reason to choose it over for-profit facilities. For others, they see a benefit in the facility’s affiliation. For example, a facility run by a Catholic organization will likely provide religious services and other activities based on that religion. The same goes for other non-profits run by other groups. When seniors are looking to maintain their religious traditions, this is a major benefit that may not be available at all for-profit facilities.

Another thing that attracts seniors to non-profit assisted living is the fact that they are often smaller facilities and less overwhelming. This can mean a better staff to resident ratio and may also give residents the opportunity to form closer relationships with each other. For many seniors, especially those seeking assisted living and other senior living options, the loss of their familiar surroundings can lead to depression. Staying active and making new friends can help keep those feelings at bay and make for happier residents.

Non-Profit Assisted Living vs For Profit

Many seniors in assisted living are still fairly dependent and do not require 24-hour medical care. Still, there is nursing staff on hand for residents. While there should be no difference in care, those that run non-profit assisted living facilities may tell you that you will receive better care with them because there are fewer residents while for-profit assisted living facilities will tell you their care is superior. The best thing you can do once you find a facility that you’re interested in is to do your homework. Check to see if there have been complaints. Are there any health code violations or any other violations? The answers can help you determine which type of facility is best for you.

Paying for Non-Profit Assisted Living

Unfortunately, Medicare typically will not cover assisted living costs whether you choose a profit or non-profit facility. Medicaid is also doubtful, but is decided on a state by state basis so it doesn’t hurt to check the regulations where you live.

For those who are veterans, veterans’ benefits may be available. The Department of Veterans Affairs is a good resource to contact to see if you have benefits that can be applied to assisted living costs. Even if the benefits won’t cover the whole bill, any amount is helpful.

Because many non-profits are run by charitable organizations, a sense of compassion is extended through financial aid. This is something you would need to look into at the particular facility you are choosing to see what is available.

When there are no aid options available, many seniors turn to their long-term insurance policies or life insurance policies to cover the cost.

Questions to Ask Non-Profit Communities

If you are looking into non-profit assisted living it’s important to first tour the facility. See the accommodations first hand as well as the residents who already live there. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I get a warm feeling from staff and residents?
  • Can I see myself living here?
  • Do I like the accommodations?

If you are generally pleased with your tour you’ll want to ask about the mission statement of the facility and how staff goes about upholding it.

  • Is it a mission statement you agree with?
  • Do you like the way it is carried out?

You’ll also want to ask about activities and other amenities that may be available as well as if they’re included in the standard price.

Cost, of course, will also be a deciding factor for many. If you like the facility, but are afraid you won’t be able to afford it, ask about financial aid.

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