What is Assisted Living?

What is Assisted Living?

In this day and age, navigating the universe of Senior Living, and specifically Assisted Living, almost requires its own dictionary.

What was once a ‘nursing home’ is now referred to as one of the following: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Hospice Care, Skilled Nursing Care, Independent Living, CCRC, the list goes on.

So what exactly is ‘Assisted Living?’  

Assisted Living is a state-regulated and monitored residential long-term-care option designed for seniors who require assistance with the Activities of Daily Living necessary to survive independently.

Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) may include

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Going to the Bathroom
  • Moving around the house
  • Continence
  • Feeding
  • Grooming
  • Visual Capability
  • The use of upper extremities
  • Standing up

Those who cannot always perform the ADL’s usually require caregiver support 12 to 24 hours per day. 

Assisted Living communities cater to a resident’s specific needs, with service provisions that typically include, but are not limited to:  

  • 24-hour awake staff.  
  • Provision and oversight of personal and supportive services  
  • Medication management services  
  • Three meals a day
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • Transportation
  • Recreational activities

Varying in size, style, dining options, amenities, cost and more, Assisted Living communities may also offer Memory Care services.  Residents usually live in private studio or one-bedroom apartments that may include a kitchenette area.  

Communities encourage residents to engage in scheduled social activities, often bringing in entertainment in the form of musicians, speakers, professors and more.  

So, How Much Does It cost?

The average cost of Assisted Living nationwide is $3,500 per month, with prices ranging everywhere from $1,500 to $10,000+ per month.  

Pricing depends on a variety of factors, the most important of which is the level of care required.  Assisted Living communities will assess a prospective resident’s care needs, and charge accordingly.

The Assisted Living industry is regulated at the state level, and each state has unique licensing requirements to ensure the protection of residents.

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