What is Assisted Living?

The Assisted Living Federation of America defines assisted living as a long term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted Living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer’s, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges. Residents are assessed by an RN upon move in, or any time there is a change in condition. The assessment is used to develop an individualized Service Plan.

Who lives in Assisted Living?

More than half of all residents are 65 or older, and nearly 40 percent of residents require assistance with three or more activities of daily living. The median stay in assisted living is 22 months, and an overwhelming majority of residents are female.

What is the cost of Assisted Living?

Assisted Living costs vary with facility, room size and types of services needed.  Hillcrest charges on a month to month basis, with most services being covered by a flat rate.  Assisted Living is often less expensive than home health or nursing home care in the same geographic location. Minnesota offers waivers that allow low-income residents to live in Assisted Living.  For more information about waivers contact a financial worker in the county of residence. Hillcrest accepts county assistance and private insurance. We are not medicare and medicaid certified.

Who regulates Assisted Living?

The Minnesota Department of Health licenses and regulates Assisted Living facilities in Minnesota.  Assisted Living facilities are routinely surveyed by the state of Minnesota to ensure compliance with all state regulations.

What is an ADL?

ADL is an abbreviation for Activities of Daily Living such as bathing, dressing and toileting.

What are Aides, Caregivers or CNA’s?

This is a job title that refers to day-to-day caregivers in senior living settings who may aid with medications, dressing, dining, ambulation, etc.

Where is Hillcrest located?

Hillcrest has Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities in Virginia, Chisholm, Hibbing and Nashwauk.

Are the rooms private?

Yes. Each resident enjoys the privacy of their own room.

Can I come and go at will?

Based upon an individual’s care plan and needs they may come and go from the facility by themselves or with an escort.

Can I have visitors?

Hillcrest encourages residents to maintain strong ties to their families and community. As such, visitors are welcome to come and see the resident and encouraged to get involved with Hillcrest events and activities.

Who assesses residents’ health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?

Upon admission a Registered Nurse conducts an initial assessment of a residents health and cognitive functioning.  After the initial assessment, resident care plans are reviewed at 14 days and then 90 days to make sure we are still adequately meeting the needs of the resident.  Also, assessments are completed annually.

What should the resident bring with them when moving in?

Residents are encourage to bring their clothing, toiletries, furniture and any decor they want to personalize their room with.

What is Memory Care?

Alzheimer’s and dementia are two of the common memory-loss conditions included under the umbrella of memory care. This specialized care spans a spectrum of services depending upon the severity of symptoms exhibited by an individual—from cuing to requiring a secured setting to prevent elopement.

Memory care goes beyond what is traditionally offered in an assisted living setting. Housekeeping, laundry and meal preparation services are provided but the level of assistance with activities of daily living is increased. Often the daily activities are designed specially to allow the individual to reconnect with favorite hobbies or interests.

Admission and discharge criteria define the characteristics of people who will benefit from our setting and service plans. Upon admission a Registered Nurse will assess these criteria. This assessment will be shared with the individual and the family.

  1. Physician’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia or related condition.
  2. Cognitive impairment to the extent of requiring supervision or assistance with or because of:
    • Memory Loss
    • Loss of Social Skills
    • Safety Concerns
    • Decreased decision making skill
    • Nutritional Needs
    • Decreased daily living skills
    • Medication management
    • Wandering and anxiety
  3. Specific assessments in the following areas:
    • Language and conversation
    • Motor coordination
    • Social interaction
    • Eating and nutrition
    • Attention and awareness
    • Bowel and Bladder
    • Dressing and grooming
  4. Levels of combativeness or abusiveness to one’s self or to others must be manageable by Chestnut Grove personnel and staff in a non-restrictive setting.
  5. Skilled nursing can be accommodated only on a temporary basis.