What is Assisted Living?
An assisted living facility promotes health, safety and well-being among the senior residents that live there. Assisted living was developed as a type of senior housing to provide housing, health care and personal care services to seniors in need of assistance with activities of daily living in a more independent environment than a traditional nursing home.
Among each assisted living facility, there is a wide variation in the level of care that may be provided to each individual senior. Some assisted living communities specialize in providing a supportive and safe environment for seniors who are largely independent but need some minor, periodic assistance with activities of daily living or medication management. Other assisted living providers have designed their services specifically for the very frail elderly who need a very high level of assistance on a daily basis. These assisted living facilities have become a substitute for nursing homes and frequently provide many, though not all, of the same care services that a skilled nursing facility offers. It is important to know what type of environment each assisted living facility caters to so that your senior loved one will be be most comfortable and receive the best type of care for their individual condition.
There are over 36,000 assisted living options to choose from in the United States alone.
- Also Known As: Assisted Care Community
- Payment Sources: Mostly private pay, some take Medicaid
- Price Range: $3000 to $6000 per month depending on the size of apartment and level of assistance required, Alzheimer’s care ranges from $3,800 to $5,500 for a shared suite
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