An assisted living community is a residential community which provides supervision, support, and care to medically stable persons who do not require skilled nursing services. Assisted living communities usually offer opportunities for organized activity, assistance with transit and appointments, and support with daily activities. In some instances, communities may provide “aging in place”, respite, or Alzheimer’s care. In Massachusetts, the annual median cost for an assisted living community is around $67,680 . Massachusetts has specific statutes related to this type of community. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs regulates this community type. Before a resident is accepted, they must go through a service plan screening to ensure their needs are going to be met. This screening includes a number of areas of interest such as assessment of residents need for assistance in emergency situations, assessment of residents current diagnoses and medical history, a comprehensive mental and physical assessment, and assessment of allergies and dietary needs. 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 , management of self-administered prescription or over-the-counter medications, and timely assistance with urgent or emergency needs. Staff must receive education in a number of subjects. These areas include Resident health, Communicable diseases, Job requirements, and Review of the aging process. This community has a number of provisions concerning food and diet which include a qualified dietitian must review residents’ dietary needs, 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 the residence’s dietary plans at least every 6 months. This community type has a number of provisions pertaining to medication assistance. These provisions include observing residents while they take the medication, management of self-administered medications, and opening containers and pre-packaged medications. 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. Public assistance is available through Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver program.
Cost of Living
Senior community price is affected by the community in which it is located. The rent burden for Raynham is around 22.5% of the average person’s monthly income. The median home value in Raynham is about $329,089 and the median rent is $1,982 per month a month.
Demographics and Values
Raynham has a population density of 261 people per square mile. Currently, the population of Raynham consists of 13,845 people. In Raynham, 8.4% of the people are veterans of the United States military. Based on gender, 53.1% are female and 46.9% are male. The median age of Raynham is 40 years old. Demographically, Raynham is 4.6% black, 2.2% Hispanic, 0.2% other or not specified, 3.6% Asian, 86.8% white, 4.8% mixed race, 0.0% Native American, and 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian. In terms of education, 14.2% have a graduate degree, 27.4% have a high-school diploma, and 38.1% have a college degree. Out of the total population of Raynham, 11.0% have some form of disability, 6.4% live in poverty, 71.4% participate in the labor force, and 1.6% do not have health insurance.
An overview of Massachusetts
In terms of personal well-being, Massachusetts ranks 2nd in healthcare and 8th in quality of life compared to other 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. The natural beauty of Massachusetts is ranked 26th in the nation. There are 78 general hospitals and 129 health centers that provide care for 6,941,273 Massachusetts residents. The three highest ranked hospitals in Massachusetts are Cape Cod Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and New England Baptist Hospital.
Social demographics of the state
The median age in the state is 39, and 30% of the population is over the age of 55. The state of Massachusetts ranks 16th in the country for diversity and the state is considered very LGBTQ friendly. In terms of religious values, 23% of Massachusetts’s population regularly attend some form of service and there are in total 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. During the latest presidential election, 33% voted for the Republican candidate while 60% voted for the Democratic candidate.
State-wide weather information
During the summer, the average temperature in Massachusetts is around 68F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 85F during the month of July. In the summer, the average low temperature drops to around 50F during the month of June. 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. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around 7F in the month of December. 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. The average air quality index rating in Massachusetts is 38.9 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of May with a rating of 47.5 AQI. Massachusetts experiences an average humidity rating of about 71%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 71% in the month of December. 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 Sycamore, White Spruce, Eastern Red Cedar, and American Linden. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the Spotted Geranium, the Blue Flag, the Lanceleaf Coreopsis, or the Bats. The state animal of Massachusetts is the Woodchucks.