According to The Assisted Living Federation of America, assisted living is defined as a “long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed.” The focus on assisted living is on maintaining dignity, respect, and independence of older adults. Residents have as much independence as they want with the comfort of knowing that personal care and support services such as meals, medication management, bathing, dressing and transportation are available if they require these services.
Who Needs Assisted Living
An assisted living community may be a good choice for older adults who have had a slight decline in health and need assistance performing one or more activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not need 24/7 medical care and supervision of a nursing home. Assisted living is a great option for seniors who want to live in a social enriched environment with little responsibilities and a place where care is easily accessible.
Types of Services Offered
- Assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and eating
- Daily Meals
- Basic Housekeeping and laundry
- 24-hour staffing and security
- Exercise and wellness facilities
- Emergency call systems
- Medication management
- Access to health and medical services
- Social and recreational activities
Cost of Assisted Living
The cost of assisted living varies depending on the following factors:
- Type of residence
- Size of apartment (studio, one or two-bedroom apartment)
- Types of services needed
- Geographical location of the community
Most communities charge a basic month-to-month rate; however there are also long-term options available. Typically, base rates cover room and board and daily meals. Some communities will charge an entrance fee, deposit and laundry and housekeeping fees. It’s important to ask each community about their costs and services because fees vary by community.