A Balance Between Independent Living and a Moderate Care

A Managed Residential Community (MRC) with assisted living services, provides a variety of services that offer a balance between independent living and a moderate level of care. While commonly referred to as Assisted Living, there are two distinct components: managed residential communities and assisted living services. The Managed Residential Community provides an apartment with core non-medical services to residents who need them. Assisted living facilities offer nursing care and monitoring in addition to services in a MRC.

Eligibility Criteria

Each MRC establishes its own criteria and prospective tenants are assessed in terms of their level of need and ability to pay. Assisted living is an option for people who need some assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Services are available primarily for people aged 55 and older.

Services and Fees

MRCs are facilities that provide residents with a private unit that includes a full bathroom within a communal setting. The apartments within the MRC are the tenants’ private homes. Residents are provided with core services including:

  • Housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, chores and meals
  • Transportation
  • Social and recreational activities

Assisted living services that go beyond the core services may be provided in a MRC. These services might include:

  • Limited nursing services
  • Assistance with three or more ADLs
  • Medication supervision

Services are provided by an Assisted Living Services Agency (ALSA) that is licensed by the Department of Public Health. The MRC itself might also be the ALSA or it might contract with a licensed provider.

An individual plan is developed for each resident and staff are available 24 hours a day with a nurse on-call. Residents who need additional or specialized care may access in-home services.

Residents will pay a monthly fee dependent on the size and location of the apartment and the level of assisted living services needed.

Some assisted living facilities are subsidized for low-income seniors. Some facilities offer services for individuals with dementia or memory impairments.

For more information, consult the Connecticut Assisted Living Association brochure.

Financial Options for Assisted Living Facilities and Managed Residential Communities

Private Pay:
Private pay refers to using personal funds to cover all or a portion of an expense. There are different ways to acquire private pay resources.

Long-Term Care Insurance:
Long-term care insurance helps cover the costs of long-term services and supports at home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home.

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