Assisted living is an option for seniors who need or want help with their activities of daily living. Assisted living facilities allow a senior to live in a residential facility where they can receive help with transportation, housekeeping and other daily life activities.
In the United States there is no global definition of the term assisted living, so an assisted living facility can be called by many different names.
Other names for assisted living facilities:
- Adult care home
- Adult group home
- Alternative care facility
- Board and care
- Congregate care
- Residential care
- Sheltered housing
Assisted living facilities can be held in converted homes, apartment complexes and renovated schools. People who live in modern facilities often have their own private apartment with a scaled-down kitchen. Other assisted living spaces may resemble a dormitory or hotel with private or semi-private living areas and private or shared bathrooms. Most facilities have a dining area or/and common area that is used for socializing, group dining and recreational activities.
A senior may love it at an assisted living facility. Facilities usually have 24-hour support and in an emergency, help is only a phone call away. In addition to that, facilities offer services that make living independently and privately a happy affair.
Other services assisted living facilities offer:
- Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, walking and more
- Housekeeping services
- Laundry services
- Transportation services
- 24-hour security
- Health and medical services
- Exercise and wellness management services
- Social and recreational activities
- Emergency services
- Meal programs
It can be overwhelming to start looking for an assisted living facility, there can be so many variations. As you look, remember that it’s not just the services that matter but also the other residents and staff that can make or break a place. Overall, you’ll need to evaluate if this is a place where you will fit in and develop new relations. For more information about choosing an assisted living facility versus home care, read about the advantages of home care. You can also search for the right type of care for you in your area.