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Senior Living – What Is An Assisted Living Facility?

There are a lot of Assisted Living Facilities spread out across the U.S. But what exactly is it?

An assisted living facility is a residential housing area for senior living, primarily for people with disabilities or diseases. It is also an option for elders who choose not to live independently or elders who can’t live alone anymore and instead opt to have living assistance.  

This type of senior housing offers a more home-like setting as well as a physical design that is there to promote independence. There are also different living spaces, which include individual rooms, apartments, or shared quarters.

Even though most people living at an assisted living center, move on to live at a nursing center some do actually move back home, either to themselves or relatives. In some cases, the different residents also move onward to a new assisted living facility.

Check out our interactive map, showing you the different possibilities for senior housing, in your area as well as cost.

What services are available at an Assisted Living Facility?

The services that they offer at assisted living facilities for senior living will vary from place to place. However, some of the services generally included are:

  • One to three meals a day
  • Monitoring of medication
  • Personal care, including dressing and bathing
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • 24-hour emergency care
  • Some medical services
  • Social and recreational activities

As mentioned before, the purpose of these senior housing communities is to provide care for residents while also allowing for a high level of independence. They also support residents’ privacy, autonomy, and dignity while focusing on community and family involvement.

How many are living in Assisted Living?

As of 2012, the U.S. Government estimated that there were 22,200 assisted living facilities around the country. Today that number is higher!

In fact, according to the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), there are more than 835,000 Americans currently residing in assisted living communities.

Assisted living facilities can range in size from a small residential house to a large facility providing services for many people. This type of living usually falls in-between an independent living community and a skilled nursing facility in regards to senior housing. This is directly related to the level of care provided.

At these facilities, you can usually find common areas for socializing, as well as a central kitchen and dining room for preparing and eating meals.

Is this type of senior living licensed?

In the U.S. assisted living facilities are both regulated and licensed at a state level. Also, usually trained staff is on site, around the clock to provide different needed services.

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