More Trusted Resources For Assisted Living

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  1. A Consumers’ Guide To Assisted Living Facilities

  1. Assisted Living Federation of America

  1. Consumers Consortium on Assisted Living

  1. National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)

Features of Senior Assisted Living

  1.   Apartment-style living in a social community environment

  2.   Privacy and personal independence

  3.   A varied menu of care and personal services to choose from

Good Candidates For Assisted Living

Assisted Living Homes or Communities are designed for Adult Seniors who may have difficulty living alone but don’t need round the clock or daily skilled nursing care. 

Assisted Living is for people who need assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) but still want to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.  ADLs include eating, bathing, dressing, laundry, housekeeping, and assistance with medications. 

  1. Assisted living is not an alternative to a nursing home; rather it is an intermediate level of long-term care that is appropriate for many Adult Seniors.

  1. Assisted living is appropriate for someone who is too frail to live at home or in an independent setting but does not need 24/7 skilled nursing care.  This means they may have difficulty performing some activities of daily living (ADLs) such as:

  1. Getting in and out of bed on their own

  2. Getting to and from the bathroom

  3. Providing their own general personal care 

  4. Showering or bathing on their own

  5. Eating without assistance

  6. Taking medications regularly as prescribed

  1.   Residents of Assisted Living often have difficulty living entirely by themselves, but at the same time do not require constant daily care.

  2. Most facilities make provisions for medical care, but they encourage residents to be as independent and active as possible.  In this way, Assisted Living bridges the gap between independent living and Skilled Nursing Facilities or Nursing Homes.

  3. The care offered in assisted living isn’t designed (or intended) to be as comprehensive as the care offered at a nursing home.

  4. Most assisted living facilities create a care/service plan for each individual resident upon admission.  The service plan details the personalized services required by the resident and guaranteed by the facility.  The plan is updated regularly to assure that the resident receives the appropriate care as his or her condition changes.

  5. Assisted Living is the most popular choice of care for many seniors, including those who need help with activities of daily living and those with early symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease.

  6. Assisted Living facilities typically offer personal care assistance, along with supportive services such as onsite housekeeping and transportation for events, appointments and shopping.  The trained staff works with and encourages residents to remain as independent and  active (both physically and intellectually) as possible. 

  7. In addition to being a good choice for Seniors needing some assistance with activities of daily living, Senior Assisted Living is ideal for those in early to middle stages of Alzheimer's Disease.  This is because the older adult is still able to live fairly independently among his or her peers.

  8. Knowing that there is trained staff - and often specialized Alzheimer wings and dementia programs in many Assisted Living facilities - can make this type of Senior housing an option that offers the living features you need and want for your loved one now and into the future as their condition changes.

For More Information

Contact your local Area Agency On Aging

for more information about Senior Assisted Living

Assisted Living Is Also Called

  1. Intermediate Personal Care

  2. Residential Care

  3. Personal Care HOme

  4. Adult Congregate Living Care

  5. Board and Care

  6. Domiciliary Care

  7. Adult Living Facilities

  8. Supported Care

  9. Enhanced Care

  10. Adult Foster Care

  11. Adult Homes

  12. Sheltered Housing

  13. Retirement Residences

Licensing And Regulation Of Assisted Living

  1. Assisted Living homes and communities are licensed and regulated by individual states. 

  1. Standards and regulations are set by each state, so environments & performance standards may differ from state to state.

Depending on the state where you’re seeking a senior living residence, you may find that some properties may be licensed, others may be unlicensed, some may accept Medicaid payments for services, and others may be limited to private pay.

Types of Assisted Living Services

  1.   Housekeeping (Hotel-like)

  2.   Daily Meals

  3.   Help With Activities of Daily Living

  4.   Transportation

  5.   Medication Reminders

  6.   Help Taking Medication

  7.   Social and Recreational Activities

  8.   24-Hour Security

  9.   General Facility Safety & Oversight

  1.   The level of care and types of services provided for residents differs from facility t facility. 

  1.   Some facilities may also offer specialized services and care (such as Alzheimer’s or dementia care) in dedicated units or wings of their facility, campus or community.

Cost of Senior Assisted Living

  1.   The cost of Assisted Living across the country ranges from $1500 to $5000 or more monthly, with the average between $2600 and$3850 per month ( $31,200 to $46,200 per year).

  1.   Many Assisted Living facilities also charge a one-time entrance fee.

  1. The base monthly rent depends on whether the living accommodations are semi-private or private rooms, suites sharing bathrooms, studios with or without kitchens and one, two, or three bedroom apartments.

  1.    Most facilities charge a basic monthly rate that covers rent and utilities, and then charge separately for extras (like phone and Cable TV) and non-standard services.

  1.   Costs depend on what level of service the person requires; costs increase as the number of services and time required increase.  Most Assisted Living Facilities have some structure for levels of care established with a corresponding fee schedule.

        Fees might include a certain amount of care in the base rent    

        (for example, specific care services that are limited to about 30    

        minutes a day).


        A facility might use a numeric pricing system (i.e., from 1 to 5)    

        based on how many Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) a person    

        needs assistance with (such as bathing, grooming, dressing,    

        eating and/or medication monitoring).

  1.    Most facilities charge extra for providing medications, personal hygiene products and medical supplies.

  2. Medicare does not cover Assisted Living costs, but Medicaid 1915c waivers may be used in most states to pay for services.


A Popular Housing Choice For Many Seniors

As families and caregivers, we struggle to provide for the needs and care of our loved ones at home as long as possible.  Still, there may come a time or event when it becomes apparent that we can’t – or aren’t – able to provide the care our loved one needs anymore. 

When this is the case, we have to admit to ourselves - and assure our loved one - that moving to a residential care facility is the best and most reasonable way to provide the care he or she needs and deserves.

Assisted Living Homes are known by many different names.

Assisted living is a popular choice among Seniors; it‘s second only to aging in place or at home or with family.

Assisted living offers seniors semi-independent apartment living in a socially community setting.

Assisted Living residents may have difficulty with some activities of daily living (ADLs), but don’t need round-the-clock nursing care.

Assisted Living Facilities generally offer meal plans, personal care assistance and other supportive services.

Bridge clubs, book clubs, tour groups and Wii team sports are popular activities among Seniors who live in Assisted Living facilities.

Many Assisted Living facilities offer sunrooms, walking paths, outdoor patios and other recreation and relaxing amenities for residents, families and visitors.

Costs of Assisted Living  vary across the country, but average between $31,000 and $46,000 per year.

Medicare doesn’t cover Assisted Living Costs.

If you or a loved one are eligible Medicaid coverage of assisted living  costs, the assisted living residence must also be certified to accepts Medicaid payments. (If your state doesn't cover assisted living at all, you may want to consider finding a Medicaid-certified nursing home that looks and feels something like an assisted living facility.)  Provides Free, Reliable Senior Information and Resources

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