Care suites – Assisted living and residential care homes
A housing option for seniors offering advanced care, similar to skilled nursing, to those requiring a higher level of care services. Care suites look like a cluster of suites, often called a “neighbor­hood,” in an assisted living (AL) community and are also common in residential care homes (RCH) due to the homes’ small size. Most care suites include a hospital-style bed and share the amenities of an AL or RCH including home-like preferences of dining, housekeeping, activities programming, and personal assistance. [Read more]
The most unique service offered in care suites is detailed care provided to the resident 24 hours a day / 7 days a week by an LPN and / or RN. Care suites provide a high staff-to-resident ratio of continuous care often including:
• hospice services
• medication administration
• oxygen management
• prescription delivery
• RN case management
• therapies
Care suites vary in what they provide when it  comes to advanced medical care like bariatric care, coumadin management, wound care and wound vac, tube feedings, IV and push meds, and diabetes care.
You might select a care suite after a rehabilitation stay, following being discharged from a hospital, or by physician referral from an AL or your own home. Upon admission, an RN assessment is completed to confirm that the care suite can meet your specific care needs no matter how advanced. Some communities allow short-term stays and others prefer long-term residents.
Paying for care suites:
Care suites are typically paid for privately via a monthly set rent established by each community. The rent covers the resident’s room and board, meals, housekeeping, and various amenities offered by the AL or RCH. Other advanced medical services necessary to the resident may be reimbursed by their Medicare Part B benefit. If the resident is transitioning into a care suite following a 3-day minimum inpatient hospital stay, the Medicare reimbursement for room and board will not apply. The RN case manager will assist each resident through this process. Some communities do accept CADI and / or Elderly Waiver.