Assisted living is not just providing support, it’s about empowering seniors to remain as engaged as possible in a dignified setting.
Residents benefit from a broad variety of services and amenities:
- Prepared nutritious meals with table service in a social environment
- Scheduled transportation to local events, errands and appointments
- A social calendar with daily opportunities for learning, creativity, fitness, spirituality and fun
- Weekly housekeeping and linen services or as often as needed
- Private apartments with personal alert systems in case of emergencies
- Discreet, personalized support with daily personal tasks
- Medication reminders
What is Assisted Living?
- Assisted Living was developed to offer a bridge from home to full-time nursing care
- Offerings range from small, six bed home to multi-level larger communities
- Staff on duty 24 hrs/day (CNAs; with an LPN or RN supervising care)
Assistance available when needed with:
- Supervision of medications
State licensing and regulation required
While assisted living communities have been available the United States for many years, the growth and availability of assisted living has had a dramatic increase since the early 1990s. This growth resulted from consumer demand to provide a less institutional and more home-like setting for those who need assistance but don’t need 24-hour nursing care.
Assisted living is a residential alternative that promotes maximum independence for each resident through a combination of supportive services and assistance. The definition of assisted living from one state to another may vary and so will the cost and types of service.
In general terms, an assisted living community is required to provide assistance with daily living activities, including eating, bathing, dressing and personal hygiene; three meals a day; supervision of self-administration of medications; laundry service including personal laundry; housekeeping; and 24-hour staffing. Short-term or intermittent medical assistance may be provided but is restricted by state regulations.
Assisted Living Residences Are:
- Housing environments which provide individualized health and personal care assistance in a home-like setting. The level of care available is between that provided in congregate housing (housing with meal service) and a skilled nursing facility. In these settings:
- Residents are independent to semi-independent physically or mentally, or frail persons who need frequent assistance;
- Services offered include personal care assistance, health care monitoring, limited health care services and/or the dispensing of medications, social and physical opportunities, and transportation for those who do not drive;
- State licensing and regulation by state social welfare agencies is required.
- Important because they promote independence by meeting residents’ supportive needs while preventing inappropriate institutionalization.
- Known by various other names. The most common are: personal care homes, sheltered housing, residential care, homes for adults, managed care, catered living, board and care, and domiciliary care.
Who Resides In Assisted Living Residences?
Assisted living housing is often an option when you have difficulty performing daily tasks and have no one to help or with the proper training as frequently as needed.
Some indicators are:
- Needing help preparing meals, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring from one wheelchair to bed and mobility assistance
- Needing assistance with housekeeping chores or laundry
- Requiring health and wellness assistance or monitoring – taking medication, better opportunities for proper nutrition, support with advancing disease processes (dementia, Parkinson’s, etc.)
- Needing transportation to doctors, shopping, and personal business
- Living along and/or are socially isolated
- Feeling frequently confused or experiencing early-stage memory problems