Assisted living is a long-term care option for seniors. When the medical care provided by a nursing home is more than is needed, but the resources in a retirement community are not enough, a person can opt for assisted living. Assisted living is a combination of housing, personalized support services, and healthcare designed to provide 24-hour assistance and supervision if needed.
Because each resident’s needs are different, assisted living residences provide a variety of services with varying levels of assistance for seniors. Services offered may include:
The residential setting of an assisted living facility can range from an apartment complex to a renovated brownstone to a converted school. The units are typically either studios or one-bedrooms that are furnished or unfurnished and include a private or shared bathroom and a kitchen. Regulations and licensing requirements vary from state to state.
The cost of assisted living varies according to the room size and types of services needed, and is highly variable across regions. For a one-bedroom apartment it may cost around $3,022 per month based on research from senior living organizations. This can vary greatly though depending on the location and level of service you get. You can learn more about costs and financial assistance by visiting the Assisted Living Federation of America website.
Here are some tips for what to look for in an assisted living setting:
If you want to continue to live independently but require assistance with some activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, managing medications, and housekeeping, assisted living may be right for you. Assisted living can provide security and independence, privacy and companionship, and physical and social well-being.
Assisted Living Federation of America
National Center for Assisted Living
Assisted living information. Assisted Living Federation of America website. Available at: http://www.alfa.org/alfa/Assisted_Living_Information.asp. Accessed January 14, 2014.
Assisted living services and amenities. Assisted Living Federation of America website. Available at: http://www.alfa.org/alfa/Lifestyles_and_Amenities.asp. Accessed January 14, 2014.
Choosing an assisted living residence: a consumer's guide. National Center for Assisted Living website. Available at: http://www.ahcancal.org/ncal/resources/Documents/Choosing%20An%20Assisted%20Living%20Residence%202013.pdf. Accessed January 14, 2014.
Cost of assisted living. Assisted Living Federation of America website. Available at: http://www.alfa.org/alfa/Assessing_Cost.asp. Accessed January 14, 2014.
Last reviewed January 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
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