Assisted Living is senior housing designed for those who are no longer able to live
safely on their own, but who don’t require the high level of care provided in a
nursing home. These facilities provide a home-like atmosphere with 24-hour on-site
staff, group meals, assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and medication,
housekeeping, transportation and social activities. They are typically individual
apartments and may have kitchenettes. Most provide limited licensed nursing services,
but hours vary and additional fees may be required. Some even offer a special unit
for Alzheimer’s residents. Check each facility for specific services. Most assisted
living facilities are private pay, although some take Medicaid. Assisted living
facilities are licensed by state governments and known by many different names including:
Residential Care, Board and Care, Congregate Care and Personal Care.
For more Information visit these links or download the PDF documents.
Assisted Living Fact Sheet (Website)
What is assisted living? How do I choose a facility? What is the cost? Where can
I learn more?
Moving Into an Assisted Living Residence (PDF)
What do I take with me to my new home? How can I make the emotional transition?
Assisted Living Federation (ALFA) of American Consumer Checklist (PDF)
Use this handy checklist to assess any facilities you have under consideration.
Includes needs, costs, physical features, health care, food service and more.
A Consumer's Guide to Assisted Living and Residential Care (Website)
Includes a good Assisted Living Cost Calculator.
So Far Away: Twenty Questions for Long-Distance Caregivers (PDF)
Developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), this booklet has ideas and resources
that can help make long-distance caregiving more manageable and satisfying. Has
the 20 most commonly asked questions and a resource guide.