This guide is a for the senior and for relatives or friends who will be searching for assisted living for their parent and/or loved one. We feature providers of assisted living like homes, facilities, home care and the best CCRC communities in your state.
Assisted Living has many names, sometimes depending on what part of the country you are in, such as:
- Adult congregate living
- Senior living communities
- Continuing Care Retirement Communities
- Personal care homes
- AL centers
- Independent living
- Retirement home
- Senior housing
- Long term care
- Miami, FL
- Charlotte, NC
- Baltimore, MD
- Reston, VA
- Atlanta, GA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Raleigh, NC
- Boston, MA
An assisted living type of residence for seniors is simply living actively while relying on a bit of assistance when it comes to daily living activities. The assistance may vary in terms of level and care. Some activities may range from meal preparation to housecleaning, while others may require deeper care such as bathing, dressing or administering medications.
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Assisted living is not considered nursing home care, as only specific
activities are assisted with. Seniors who require assisted living
are able to maintain an active life rich in activities and social
engagements while their loved ones receive a sense of peace in knowing
that their family member is cared for and safe at all times.
There are a wide variety of assisted living facilities and communities for seniors who require additional care than those who are fully independent. Most assisted care facilities resemble an apartment community, while others offer condominium type layouts. Most residents live alone or with their spouse in a single unit of the apartment complex and staff members show up daily to help with chores, such as bathing, dressing, cleaning or laundry service. Staff members of assisted living communities are available 24 hours a day, with on call emergency care round the clock.
The overall atmosphere of an AL facility is relaxed and peaceful. Social gatherings, organized games and recreational events are offered onsite and a wide variety of group activities keep residents busy with things to do. Most assisted living communities offer swimming pools and fitness classes that are fun and exciting, while onsite nutritionists and fitness instructors help keep the residents healthy and strong. No matter what your levels of activity, your needs are surely to be met while residing in an assisted living community.
What is Assisted Living?
Generally describes facilities for a senior needing assistance with day to day activities of daily living (ADL) like these:
- getting dressed
- bathing and grooming
- eating and preparing regular nutritious meals
- keeping house
Over 80% of assisted living home seniors are over age 75. 19% of all residents are use Medicaid.
A warning that small personal care homes may not be regulated as assisted living is. We are sure there are plenty of good personal care homes, but there are report of abuse and neglect in some of the very small personal care homes. Just check them out completely. Most assisted living homes are regulated by your state which is different than nursing homes which are regulated by the federal government. So contacting your state government to get information on their regulations and listings of assisted living homes is a good idea.
Home Care Guide
Home care services are given in your own home rather than in a assisted living facility or a nursing home. Home care is may be not as costly as assisted living but may be the answer to your need. Home care can help seniors stay in their own home longer to age in place and can increase the quality of life. If you are considering assisted living, you may want to also consider home care.
Best CCRC Care Communities
On each state page we have featured assisted living communities and the best CCRC (continuing care retirement communities) that includes assisted living on their campus. This can be advantageous when a transfer to a skilled nursing becomes necessary.
Assisted Living Homes
AL homes have become common in recent years and many wealthier areas are seeing an increasing supply of assisted living homes, many of which cater to higher income seniors. Urban areas are more likely to have assisted living homes than rural areas. Counties with assisted living homes have higher incomes and more people have college degrees.
There are at estimated 40,000 AL homes in America accommodating a million residents. There is usually little government assistance with the cost of assisted living so they are mostly paid for with your private funds. The growth of assisted living is increasing with the retirement of the baby boomer generation but supply is not expected to keep up with demand in future years.