FAQ ABOUT ASSISTED LIVING
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted Living is a housing and support services model for seniors combining homelike building features and private lockable living units (apartments) with hospitality, support and some care services.
What is the Assisted Living Philosophy?
Assisted Living is an independent living model so there is a strong emphasis on autonomy and independence, self-direction, making personal choices and decisions, and supporting dignity through privacy, and individuality.
Who makes the decisions about moving in or out of subsidized Assisted Living?
Decisions are made collaboratively between Fraser Health and Menno Apartment staff. Fraser Health has final say on subsidized Assisted Living applicants. All applications for entering the Subsidized Living program must go through the Intake and Assessment process at Fraser Health.
What does Subsidized / Private Pay Assisted Living include?
Housing and Hospitality Services include:
- Living units contained in a 6 story beautifully decorated and furnished concrete and steel tower with the latest in fire safety systems and includes an underground vehicle and scooter garage – See Terrace East
- A unit that contains a kitchenette including a compact refrigerator, a two-burner cook top, microwave, kitchen cupboards, living room, bedroom, large bathroom with step-in shower, a storage room and most units have a patio
- The use of building amenities including a large dining room, resident lounges, a wellness centre and whirlpool spa
- Two meals/day (lunch and supper), served in the common dining room
- Refreshments and snacks throughout the day in the Bistro
- Weekly laundry (towels and bed linens). Extra charges apply for personal laundry
- Light weekly housekeeping. Extra charges apply for all non-routine cleaning
- 24 hour emergency response
Personal Support Services include:
- Staff on site 24 hours every day
- Personal care and support for approved scheduled, and unscheduled needs as required 24 hours a day
- Social and recreational opportunities to enhance quality of life for the residents
- Monitoring and assistance with medications
How to apply for Private Pay Assisted Living?
To determine suitability for the Assisted Living Program; an application followed by a nursing assessment and tour with our staff are needed prior to acceptance to the waitlist. If you are receiving home support, please discuss your needs with your case manager first, and the case manager will assess your situation and advise accordingly.
Who can move into a Subsidized / Private Pay Assisted Living Apartment?
A person can only be selected to move into an assisted living unit if the applicant meets ALL of the following criteria:
- is a beneficiary (eligible for health services in the province of BC)
- requires BOTH hospitality services and personal care services
- is able to self-direct their own care
- is at significant risk in their current living environment
People who are able to direct their own care:
- are cognitively capable of making decisions regarding their own care relevant to the specific task
- can communicate effectively, verbally or non-verbally through communication devices
- have the ability to make informed voluntary decisions regarding their care
- can participate in the development of their care plan or make their needs known to the person they are living with who participtes vicariously in the development of the person’s care plan
- are able to use the emergency response system and take direction in an emergency situation
Who does the assessment to determine eligibility?
A Fraser Health case manager, in consultation with the Menno Place Team, are responsible for eligibility assessments for subsidized Assisted Living
A nurse assessment in consultation with the Menno Place Team are responsible for eligibility for Private Pay Assisted Living
Do Menno Apartments Independent living tenants have priority to get into subsidized / private pay Assisted Living apartments?
Yes, unless there is another qualifying Assisted Living applicant form the community that is more urgently in need of available space. In that case, providing that Menno Apartments is in agreement regarding the applicant suitability, Fraser Health will authorize placement of the person from the community ahead of a qualified Menno Apartment Independent Living resident.
Will subsidized / Private Pay Assisted Living tenants have priority to move to Menno Home or Menno Hospital?
Not necessarily. Fraser Health is responsible for decisions about admissions to Menno Home or Menno Hospital (residential care), but because they support the “Campus of Care” concept, Fraser Health will facilitate moves between the Menno Apartments Assisted Living and the Menno Home or Menno Hospital whenever possible.
What does Subsidized / Private Pay Assisted Living cost and who pays for what?
Subsidized Assisted Living tenants pay a monthly rate calculated as 70% of their after-tax income (this could be as low as $750/month) up to a maximum amount, based on a combination of the market rent for housing and hospitality services for that geographic area, and the actual cost of personal care services.
After-tax income means the tenant’s net income less their taxes paid as shown in his or her tax return and confirmed by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency for the applicable year. For two people it means the combined income and taxes in the appropriate year. In most cases, the 70% contribution is not sufficient to cover the approved monthly operating costs, so BC Housing and Fraser Health partner subsidize the difference to the Mennonite Benevolent Society.
Private Pay Assisted Living tenants pay for the whole portion of the rent ($1800/month) and care services required. Tenant may apply for financial support from outside organizations like BC Housing SAFER program.
What prompts a "move out" decision from an Assisted Living apartment?
A tenant is required to move out of an assisted living unit if the tenant meets the following criteria:
- is no longer able to self direct his or her own care
- exhibits behaviours that jeopardize that tenant’s safety and well-being or the safety and well-being of others – or
- is not complying with the terms of his or her Residency Agreement or Managed Risk Assessment
- care needs exceed the allowed 1.5 hours maximum / day