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See full list of all 143 licensed assisted living communities in Rhode Island for 2019. Senior Living Help enables senior citizens and their loved ones to search for every licensed assisted living facility in Rhode Island. If you or your loved one are looking for a facility in any part of Rhode Island with kind and caring staff who will assist with daily living tasks such as taking a bath, dressing, eating, moving or any other activities, please browse all facility listings below by your city or county, or alternatively use the search box above to find an assisted living home in Rhode Island that is near your location.
In Rhode Island, facilities that offer assisted living care are officially called Assisted Living Residences, some of which may also be licensed as Alzheimer’s Dementia Special Care Programs. The Department of Health’s Center for Health Facility Regulation is the licensing body that licenses all such facilities in addition to nursing homes in Rhode Island. There are levels of licenses available depending on what realm of service the licensee wants to operate in. When licensed as an assisted living facility, the facility cannot give skilled medical care but it does provide basic personal services to all its residents.
There are 2 different levels given to assisted living facilities in Rhode Island, which are based on fire codes and classifications of medication distribution. They are also classed according to whether or not they provide dementia care. Level 1 is for those residents that cannot save themselves in any way during an emergency, and Level 2 is for those who can. Level 1 for medication is based on whether or not the resident needs central storage for medication or administration of medication. Level 2 medication is for those who can administer their own medication.
If a care home publicly advertises itself as a dementia care facility, then a license for that is required. If they separate residents with dementia from other assisted living residents, then they have to have that license as well.
- Bristol County
- CENTRAL FALLS
- EAST GREENWICH
- EAST PROVIDENCE
- Kent County
- NORTH KINGSTOWN
- NORTH PROVIDENCE
- NORTH SMITHFIELD
- Newport County
- Providence County
- SOUTH KINGSTOWN
- WEST KINGSTON
- WEST WARWICK
- Washington County
Cost and Payment Options
Assisted living cost in Rhode Island is $4,350 monthly, which is $350 above the average cost of assisted living facilities in other U.S. states. Providence, RI is most expensive for assisted living at $4,900. The rest of the state is relatively on par with the state average, without too much fluctuation between cities. There is an SSI waiver that will pay for Assisted Living in Rhode Island, which has a personal asset cap of $4,000 liquid funds to qualify. There is a look back law that penalizes ridding yourself of assets to meet the cap requirements of the SSI waiver.
Though there is a good waiver to help assist with basic services, there are other ways of paying for Rhode Island assisted living and you may not have to look very far for them. Ask about career and retiree benefits that your loved one may have access to. If the senior was a public servant like police and fire or military vet, there are nonprofit organizations that will pay a sum in cash or grant for senior living in Rhode Island.
Some benefits may come from the pension plan itself. Also, if the senior has a home that is paid off or any property to sell or rent out, that is also a good option. Reverse mortgages, LTC insurance and annuities can also be used to pay for assisted living costs in the state of Rhode Island.
Assisted Living Unit Regulations in Rhode Island
In Rhode Island assisted living communities, 100 square feet for single rooms in areas of at least 8 feet wide is required. A shared bedroom must have 160 square feet and an area 10 feet wide. This does not count bathrooms, closets, alcoves, lockers, wardrobes or any recessed rooms.
For each 10 residents, each assisted living unit must have one bathing facility, and one toilet facility per 8 elderly residents. Keep in mind that residential care units in Rhode Island can vary greatly from one facility to another. They can house anyone at any level so some will be dormitory-like facilities with shared bedrooms and bathrooms. So, the way that the shower and bathing are set up will depend entirely on the individual facility licensing.