Acclaimed physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking says he would contemplate ending his own life through assisted suicide if he ever became too much trouble to care for or if he felt he could no longer live a productive life. The costs of assisted living can be significant, and you should carefully consider not only the services you or your loved one needs now, but whether additional services will be required over time, due to increasing disability or even the rising cost of living.
Kentucky has approached Suboxone in such a shuffling and half-hearted way that just 62 or so opiate addicts treated in 2013 in all of the state’s taxpayer-funded facilities were able to obtain the medication that doctors say is the surest way to save their lives.
Additionally, most assisted living facilities continue to allow residents to use tobacco and consume alcohol, to keep small pets or to interact with facility-owned pets, to allow visitors at any time during the day, and to allow overnight guests at the discretion of the resident.
In order to achieve this, we participate in programs that subsidize the cost for lower income elders, such as MassHealth Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC), Commonwealth Care Alliance/Senior Care Options (SCO), and can help direct veterans to the Veteran’s Aid & Attendance program, as well as maintain the most affordable private pay rates around.
Currently, nearly 1.2 million individuals live in the nearly 30,000 assisted living facilities in the U. S. In general, the average resident of an assisted living facility is an 80-year-old mobile female who has moved from a private living arrangement to the facility and has an average annual income of approximately $30,000.
A classic case that illustrates this point is when a physician submits to a demanding patient by administering a much higher dose of opiate pain medication than recommended, ultimately causing the patient to go into respiratory depression (hypoventilation) and necessitating emergent assisted breathing and immediate transfer to the intensive care unit.