Assisted living communities provide the additional assistance residents need, while understanding independence is still a very important part of an individual’s life.
Choosing a new home in an assisted living community is a daunting task. Comparing the options of rooms, amenities and food, anticipating what level of care is required now and in the future, not to mention the emotional and mental transition from living independently, can weigh heavily on seniors and their family members. Of the many factors, cost is a barrier that affects every other choice.
Since the Charleston area has the highest cost of living in South Carolina, many local assisted living communities target the top income segment of the population. Ashley Landing Assisted Living stands out in the area as a community that serves a broader spectrum of income levels without sacrificing quality.
“Some of our residents are retired doctors and lawyers, but retired teachers, clergy, technical workers, military veterans, farmers and manufacturing workers live and thrive here as well,” said Executive Director Matt Baker. “We are unique in that we serve all populations and income levels. It’s a very diverse community, and we work to achieve a payer source for all residents, whether it’s private, Veterans Affairs Aid & Attendance, long-term care insurance or, in some cases, Medicaid.”
Many assisted living communities set costs based on varying levels of care or use a point system determined by each resident’s needs for help with daily activities, such as bathing or showering, dressing, and ambulation and transfer assistance. As needs and additional care increase, so does the price.
“Ashley Landing has made it easier for families to budget by setting an all-inclusive price at a flat rate for all levels of care,” Baker continued. “Families will not have to worry about the cost of care skyrocketing as their loved ones need additional care as they age.”
The all-inclusive rates run from $2,800 to $3,600 per month, based on a shared or private room, and feature many of the same amenities offered at communities that are double the price.
“We have a diverse offering of culinary options and give our residents the ability to choose what suits their tastes for that meal,” said Baker. “That may not sound important to someone not living in this type of community, but, to those who do, it makes a very big difference in their well-being and happiness. We also offer physician services and therapy services on-site.”
To ensure a happy and successful community, Ashley Landing’s life enrichment coordinator plans special events and holiday celebrations for families and residents. Outings like trips to restaurants, shopping, mystery tours through Charleston and visits to historic sites are offered each month. Transportation to and from local doctor’s appointments is also available and relieves an extra burden on family members.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the quality of life we can help provide our residents,” said Baker. “Assisted living communities provide the additional assistance residents need, while understanding independence is still a very important part of an individual’s life. Here at Ashley Landing, we strive to enhance the physical, social, emotional financing and well-being of everyone we serve.”