Assisted living communities provide supervision, social opportunities, and healthcare to individuals who are about 65 years old. Assisted living communities usually provide chances for social activity, assistance with transportation and appointments, and assistance with daily activities. In certain situations, communities may offer continuing care, hospice, or nursing care. In Massachusetts, the annual median cost for an assisted living community is around $67,680 . The state of Massachusetts maintains specific rules associated with this kind of community. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs certifies this community type. Public assistance is available through Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver program. This community has a number of provisions concerning food and diet which include qualified dietitian must counsel residents regarding therapeutic diets and other dietary issues, communities must use daily recommended dietary allowances as established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, communities must provide up to three regularly scheduled meals daily, and a qualified dietitian must review residents’ dietary needs. This community type has a number of provisions pertaining to medication assistance. These provisions include reminding residents to take medications, reading the medication label to residents, and management of self-administered medications. Before a resident is accepted, they must go through a service plan screening to make sure their needs are going to be met. This screening includes a number of areas of interest such as a comprehensive mental and physical assessment, assessment of the individual’s needs and preferences, assessment of allergies and dietary needs, and assessment of residents current diagnoses and medical history. There must be one toilet for every 1 residents and one bath or shower for every 1 residents. This type of community is required to have a staff member on duty 24 hours a day. This type of community is required to offer a number of services. These include assistance with instrumental activities of daily living, assistance with activities of daily living , timely assistance with urgent or emergency needs, and management of self-administered prescription or over-the-counter medications. Staff members obtain training in a number of fields. These include: philosophy of independent living, financial exploitation, emergency policies and procedures, and Communicable diseases.
Demographics and Values
Centerville has a population density of 271 people per square mile.
An overview of Massachusetts
There are 78 hospitals and 129 health centers that service a population of 6,941,273. The top three hospitals in the state are considered to be Cape Cod Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and New England Baptist Hospital. Overall, Massachusetts ranks 8th in quality of life and 2nd in healthcare compared to other US states. The state of Massachusetts has a cost of living index of 133.8 where a score of 100 is the national average, and anything above 100 is considered more expensive than the average. The state has a grocery index rating of 113.9 and a housing index rating of 170.3. Based on natural beauty, Massachusetts ranks 26th in the nation.
Social demographics of the state
In terms of diversity, Massachusetts ranks 16th in the nation and is considered very LGBTQ friendly. In the most recent presidential election, 33% of Massachusetts residents voted Republican and 60% voted Democrat. The median age in the state is 39, and 30% of the population is over the age of 55. In Massachusetts, 23% of the population attend some form of religious service and there are 4,200 different congregations. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-3%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%, with the most common Christian denominations consisting of Evangelical Protestant-9%, Mainline Protestant-10%, and Historically Black Protestant-2%. In Massachusetts there are 27 masonic lodges.
State-wide weather information
During the winter, the average temperature in Massachusetts drops to around 28F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 45F during the month of January. In the winter months, the average low temperature falls to around 7F during the month of December. During the summer, the average temperature in Massachusetts is around 68F. The average high summer temperature is around 85F in the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 50F in the month of June. The most precipitation occurs in May with an average of 6.10 inches of precipitation a month. On average, the state receives 4.04 inches of precipitation a month. Massachusetts experiences an average humidity rating of about 71%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of December at around 71%. On average, Massachusetts has an air quality index rating of around 38.9 AQI. The average air quality index rating peaks in the month of May with a rating of around 47.5 AQI. While residents of Massachusetts mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it’s important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Massachusetts can include hurricanes, earthquakes (moderate), and and tornadoes.
Wildlife to be found in Massachusetts
The state of Massachusetts has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of American Linden, Flowering Dogwood, White Spruce, and Sycamore. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the Blue Flag, the Lanceleaf Coreopsis, the Cardinal Flower, or the Spotted Geranium. The state animal of Massachusetts is the Woodchucks.