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Unexpected Fees In Assisted Living: Understand the Contract

Assisted living facilities provide a safe environment with convenient meals and social opportunities in their base package. They are generally set up so that an elder can obtain help if he or she falls or has another emergency. Many also offer transportation by bus or other means for group outings or to specific locations.

But what about the basics of personal care? Many assisted living facilities don't provide in the "base" package, help with dressing, bathing, keeping track of prescription refills, setting up daily doses, injecting medications such as insulin, and a companion for trips to doctor appointments. So make sure you understand what services they do and don't offer per the contract, and what services may be available, but would cost extra. You might get some services you are expecting, but not all.

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