An assisted living facility offers long-term care for seniors, taking over responsibility for their personal well-being by providing them assistance with medication management, dressing, bathing, transportation, and meals.

• How much does assisted living cost?
• What are the daily assisted living services offered?

Assisted Living Facts

• There is a total of up to 31,100 assisted living communities in the U.S.
• Total number of apartments is 475,500
• Total number of assisted living residents is 735,000
• The average stay in an assisted living facility is 36 months
• 40% of residents are provided help with three or more ADLs
Source: National Center for Assisted Living

Senior Care Redefined

Up until twenty five years ago, assisted living was quite the new concept. Now, it is rapidly growing as a popular option for long-term care for senior individuals. With the vast range of services that they offer, assisted living communities provide a convenient housing solution to those individuals who require assistance but are looking to live in a fairly independent manner. With assisted living, seniors can actually stand to thrive and enjoy their golden years, given the many different options available to them.

Costs

The costs of assisted living tend to fluctuate based on a number of different factors, which includes the kind of residence, the size of living quarters, the services needed by the individual, and the geographical location of the facility in question.

• Type of residence
• Size of apartment (studio, one or two-bedroom apartment)
• Types of services needed
• Geographical location of the community

A number of assisted living communities will make use of a basic rate that is charged in order to cover all the services rendered, and include a separate fee for special services. While most communities charge on a monthly basis, there are also long-term payment plans available to residents.

Generally, the basic rate covers the board and room service, with meals included as well. There can also be entrance, deposit, and laundry and housekeeping fees. These tend to differ from facility to facility, so it’s important to get all the information when looking into assisted living communities.

Services

When it comes to assisted living communities, each one is different from the other. Every state has different regulations and licensing requirements, which in turn has an impact on the kind of services assisted living providers offer. An example of this is the fact that certain assisted living communities can be attached to a nursing facility. This would mean that these kinds of communities have a particularly advanced level of healthcare to offer its residents. However, on a more general basis, most assisted living facilities do offer basic medical and health management. This also includes assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). These tasks include everything from eating and shopping to hygiene and mobility. Basic assisted living services offered:

• Regular meals
• Housekeeping services
• Laundry services
• Health management and exercise
• Social activities
• Transportation
• Supervision on 24-hour basis
• Medical care

The term “assisted living” is used for the purpose of describing specific facilities or communities. The term itself may or may not be a reflection of official provincial or state requirements and licensing, or the services offered and the level of care provided. When you are looking into an assisted living community, it is recommended that you make a request to view their license, as well as contact your specific state’s licensing authority to be clear about the license type, the level of care, and the services provided.