Louisiana Assisted Living

The LA (Louisiana) state capitol building sitting on the banks of the Mississippi RiverIn the state of Louisiana, a full-service assisted living home is termed an "Adult Residential Care Provider (ARCP)." ARCPs provide housing, health-related services, 24-hour supervision and activities. ARCPs also allow residents to age in place, meaning a senior will not have to move as long as the assisted living facility can provide services to meet the residents' changing needs.

In Louisiana there are 48 Assisted Living Facilities. We can help you find the best matches for your needs. The average cost of Assisted Living in Louisiana is $3,156 per month.

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Map of Louisiana Assisted Living Facilities

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Cost of Assisted Living in Louisiana

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The average cost of Assisted Living in Louisiana is $3,156. Assisted Living costs range from $2,050 to $5,760 depending on location and other factors.

Fees for residency within an Adult Residential Care Provider have been 100% privately paid in the past, but the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is taking steps to launch a pilot program for Medicaid-supported assisted living in Louisiana. The latest information is available through the state’s Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS).

City Minimum Cost Maximum Cost Median Cost
Baton Rouge$2,625$5,197$3,175
Bossier City$1,975$3,588$2,880
Lake Charles$2,925$3,875$3,113
New Orleans$2,500$5,759$4,030
Source: Genworth - 2013
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Overview of Louisiana Assisted Living

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Since the first claim by Spain in 1541, the colorful state of Louisiana has been governed under 10 different flags. Famous for its lively music and spicy food, this Gulf Coast state provides plenty of activity, along with laid-back bayou charm. The area’s subtropical climate will keep residents of Louisiana assisted living facilities cozy warm year round. For examples of what makes Louisiana an exciting retirement destination, visit www.encorelouisiana.com, the state’s official online guide for senior living.

Assisted Living in Louisiana Defined

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In the state of Louisiana, a full-service assisted living home is termed an “Adult Residential Care Provider (ARCP).” An ARCP is defined as any agency, whether public or private, that provides residential living units and care services, for compensation, to two or more adults who are unrelated to the facility owner or director. ARCPs are expected to provide supportive personal services (both scheduled and unscheduled) such as:

  • Health-related services
  • 24-hour supervision and assistance
  • Activities based on a resident’s preferences
  • “Aging in Place,” which is defined as “allowing residents to receive necessary support services in response to changing needs and circumstances without having to move from one’s present residence, provided such services are within the parameters of these licensing standards.”

Levels of Assisted Living in Louisiana

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There are four different levels of assisted living in Louisiana, each of which is similar, but unique in size, accommodations and/or level of care:

  • Level 1 – Personal Care Home Personal care homes offer room, board and personal services, for compensation, to not more than eight residents in a congregate living and dining setting. You can find Personal Care Homes in our Care Homes category.
  • Level 2 - Shelter Care Home A shelter care home is the same as a personal care home, except that it services nine or more residents.
  • Level 3 – Assisted Living Facility Assisted Living in LouisianaAssisted living facilities provide room, board and personal services, for compensation, to two or more residents who reside in individual living units which contain a minimum of one room with a kitchenette and private bathroom.
  • Level 4 – Adult Residential Care Provider A more traditional assisted living facility that offers not only room and board, but also services such as:
    • Medication administration and intermittent nursing
    • Assistance with hygiene, dressing and other types of personal care
    • Transfers and ambulation
    • Housekeeping and laundry
If correctly licensed, an ARCP is permitted to operate an Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit, which must be a separate and distinctive program within the facility which provides specialized services for residents suffering from dementia-related illness.

Regulation of Louisiana Assisted Living Facilities

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In July of 2010, the regulation of assisted living in Louisiana was reassigned from the Department of Social Services to the Department of Health and Hospitals. Currently, most adult living facilities continue to operate under guidelines adopted in 1999, while Adult Residential Care Providers (Level 4) must conform to a newer model of operation that was adopted in 2008. A revised set of regulations is expected to be finalized and launched by the end of 2011. Currently, a conforming ARCP (Level 4) must provide services that meet the needs of its residents, while protecting their rights and promoting social, physical and mental well-being.

Legislation of Louisiana Assisted Living Facilities

Back to top Who can administer medication is at the heart of Senate Bill 628 that was passed in 2012. Before the passage of this law, licensed nurses working in Level 4 assisted living facilities were allowed to administer medications to residents, but the passage of this law, they no longer can perform this task. This means that unless seniors live in assisted living facilities which received approval for administering medication, residents will have to self-pay a third-party nursing service to dispense their medications.

By the passage of this law, new licenses for Level 4 facilities will not be issued until 2017. The moratorium does not apply to providers who have received facility need review approval from the Department of Health and Hospitals on or before April 25, 2012.

The State of Louisiana defines Level 4 Adult Residential Care as “providing the following services: lodging, meal, medication administration, intermittent nursing service, and assistance with personal hygiene, transfers, ambulation, dressing, housekeeping and laundry.”

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