What is Assisted Living?

When looking for an assisted living facility in Twin Falls, it is important to understand what assisted living is.  An assisted living facility is a housing facility for people with disabilities and the elderly.  Assisted living facilities provide assistance or supervision with activities of daily living, assist with the coordination of services by outside health care providers, and by monitoring the residents’ activities to ensure their well being, health, and safety.  Assistance can be the supervision or administration of medication and/or personal care services provided by an assisted living facility staff person.

Simply put, assisted living provides long-term senior care and assists with personal care support such as bathing, meals, transportation, medication management, and dressing.  Assisted living the size of Chardonnay Assisted Living in Twin Falls provides up and awake staff 24 hours a day.

Assisted living facilities, as they exist today, began in the 1990’s for people who independent living is not appropriate, but who do not require the continual medical care provided by a nursing home.  Additionally, these people are too young to live in a retirement home.  Modern assisted living facilities adhere to a philosophy of services and care that promote dignity and independence.

At Chardonnay Assisted Living in Twin Falls, we built our dream home for you to live in.  If you would like to discuss or see the type of care we provide, please give us a call.

Helpful Links

Here are some helpful links that will assist you when choosing an assisted living facility in Twin Falls:

  • Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) serves Idaho’s seniors and people with disabilities by safeguarding their rights, fostering self-sufficiency, providing counseling, and advocating on their behalf. The ICOA provides opportunities for individuals to access a comprehensive array of private and public pay, long term care, support services through “Single Access Points” operated by the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs).
  • The American Health Care Association is a non-profit federation of affiliate state health organizations, representing more than 11,000 non-profit and for-profit care providers responsible for approximately one million elderly and disabled individuals each day.
  • The Assisted Living Federation of America is the largest national association dedicated to professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families these communities serve.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. In addition, CMS works with states to run the Medicaid program. CMS works to make sure that the beneficiaries in its programs are able to get high-quality health care.
  • McKnight’s Long-Term Care News is a business newsmagazine for companies and individuals who are providing long-term care in all areas of the continuum of care, from assisted living to skilled nursing.
  • Medicare is the federal system of health insurance available to persons aged 65 and over.
  • Medicaid is the federal and state-funded welfare program to provide health and medical services to individuals in need.
  • The United States Administration on Aging is the federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns. Through information, referral and outreach efforts at the community level, the Administration seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.

At Chardonnay Assisted Living in Twin Falls, we built our dream home for you to live in.  If you need assistance or would like to see about our facility, please give us a call.

Merlot – President and CEO

MerlotIntroducing the new President, CEO, and Office Manager of Chardonnay Assisted Living in Twin Falls, Idaho:


Ok, just kidding.  He’s just the facility’s local mascot and pick-me-up.  However, if you’re looking for assisted living in Twin Falls, please give us a call. At Chardonnay Assisted Living in Twin Falls, we built our dream home for you to live in!! Merlot just comes with the package.

Choosing the Right Care Facility

Finding the correct assisted living facility in Twin Falls for your loved ones is one of the most vital decisions you can make. Here is a list of some of the top elements to consider when assessing assisted living in Twin Falls. When you visit, consider the quality and type of care that your loved ones will receive. The decisions of “where, when, and if to move” can only be made by you and your loved ones, so consider which of these factors are important to you. We hope this helps you decide when selecting assisted living in Twin Falls.

Tip 1: Look at the Level of Cleanliness and be Sure to Follow Your Nose
Does the assisted living facility feel clean and fresh? Be sure to look past the furnishings and into windows, baseboards, and corners. Ask the staff how often housekeeping in your personal living space is provided. Make sure you get full details on the estimated response times and the types of maintenance provided. Be sure to ask about laundry procedures. Ask for specifics on what services are available and the costs for those services.

Odors in the assisted living facility may indicate a temporary problem or a lack of cleanliness. If there are smells concentrated to one area during your tour, this likely indicates an isolated, recent occurrence. Smells that permeate the entire assisted living facility most likely point to a bigger problem. Ask the staff what they think is causing the problem.

Tip 2: Schedule Your Visit During a Facility Activity
It is a good idea to plan your tour in conjunction with one of the assisted living facility’s events. Ask the staff if you can observe the activities or see if they will allow you to participate. Is the activity well attended by the residents of the assisted living facility? Are the staff participating and enjoying the activity too? Check out the assisted living facility’s calendar of events. Are they the type of events your loved ones are interested in? Do the activities vary in type and size? Do they include outings and trips outside the assisted living facility? If it is of import to you and your loved ones, be sure to ask about religious services.

Tip 3: Closely Observe Staff Friendliness
The friendliness and attitude of the staff are vitally important. Make sure to observe staff members interacting with the residents. In fact, observe several staff members interacting. Do they make eye contact and truly listen? Get a good grasp of the staffing schedule. How many staff are involved in the residents’ care? Make sure you meet the assisting living facility’s management team. It is very important that you have confidence in the assisted living facility’s staff members.

Tip 4: Tour the Facility’s Outdoor Areas
Everyone enjoys a nice sunny day or balmy evening outdoors. When visiting assisted living facilities, make sure to observe the outdoor amenities that are accessible to the residents. Is the area secure and safe? Does the assisted living facility house outdoor events in the outside areas? Does the facility’s staff use the same outside areas for their personal break time?

Tip 5: Eat a Meal at the Assisted Living Facility
Eating is important to most of us and the experience in the dining room is especially important to seniors. While visiting assisted living facilities, it is important to discuss meal choices and learn about procedures, options, and dining hours. Be sure you and your loved ones experience a meal at the assisted living facility. Not only is it a perfect opportunity to meet some of the current residents, but it also provides a great way to sample the menu. Ask the staff what the procedure is if a resident is unable to attend a meal in the dining room.

Tip 6: Ask Questions About Safety and Security
Features of security and safety are very important for your loved ones and offer peace of mind for the caregiver. Ensure the bathrooms are easily accessible and have grab bars in appropriate locations. Ask how current residents contact the assisted living facility staff if they have an emergency in their private living area. Find out if other safety features are available in living quarters or throughout the assisted living facility. Be sure to find out about the staffing schedule to determine who is available at all times to assist the residents. Ask if there are registered nurses on site. How do the staffing schedules differ at night? How does the assisted living facility staff assist and manage the medication needs of the residents? Don’t forget to ask about any other specific medical needs that need to be met for you or your loved ones.

Tip 7: Ask About Personal Care
As you conduct your tour, make sure you ask plenty of questions about personal care. Discuss the preferences and options for bathing. It is a good idea to observe the residents while visiting the assisted living facility. Do they have well-groomed nails and hair and are they clean shaven? Are they appropriately dressed? Be sure to take into consideration the current weather and the activities they are involved in. Are the residents treated with a smile, dignity, and respect by the staff?

Tip 8: Get Feedback From Current Residents and Their Family
Ask for the honest opinions about the assisted living facility from past and present residents and their families. Many assisted living facilities have a resident council that will can answer all of your questions. A Place for Mom and SeniorAdvisor.com have many ratings and reviews from families who have shared their experiences and rated assisted living facilities.

Tip 9: Ask About the Criteria for Moving Out
No one enjoys moving multiple moves, especially seniors. Ask about the specific criteria for moving out. What are the circumstances under which a resident is asked to move out of the assisted living facility? Is there a notice the resident or family need to give the staff? If so, what type? Keep in mind, that many assisted living facilities request a 30-day notice be given.

Tip 10: Always Trust Your Instincts
As you are touring the assisted living facility, think about yourself or your loved ones living in the assisted living facility. Do you think you or your loved ones would be comfortable in the assisted living facility? Does the assisted living facility make you feel at ease? Are the residents and staff friendly, open, and inviting? Remember to follow your heart and your instincts!

At Chardonnay Assisted Living in Twin Falls, we built our dream home for you to live in. If you have any questions or would like to come tour our assisted living facility, please give us a call.