What Is Assisted Living

What is Assisted Living?

With all the various kinds of senior living available today it’s hard to comprehend the differences between them but even more difficult to select the perfect one for a parent. In addition there is added confusion because there are many options for assisted living homes, with a wide range of services that can be provided.

Assisted living facilities offer a wide range of services to ensure all residence get the amount of individual care and assistance that they need while being able to keep their independence. They are typically a good alternative if you need more one on one care than you could get at home, but you do not need the constant supervision of a nursing home. So if you or a loved one find that you’re having trouble with everyday tasks but still want to maintain your independence an assisted living facility may be right for you. You can get the support you need while keeping your independence.

Resources for Seniors

Assisted Living Checklist

Everything you need to know about choosing an assisted living community. Checklist helps you along every step of the way from researching, taking community tours, and finally deciding on a community that’s right for your parent or loved one.


The American Health Care Association is a non-profit federation of affiliate state health organizations, together representing more than 11,000 non-profit and for-profit nursing facility, assisted living, developmentally-disabled, and subacute care providers that care for approximately one million elderly and disabled individuals each day

Disability Gov

Disability gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information about disability-related programs, services, policies, laws and regulations. The site links to thousands of resources from many different federal government agencies, as well as state and local governments and nonprofit organizations across the country.

What Help do Assisted Living Centers Give?
Senior living is a great option for elders who would like or need support with some everyday tasks like grooming, cooking meals, showering or help going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Assistance with housework, transportation to appointments are also common and some communities also assist with medication. Many top communities will help create a customized plan that meets all special wants while giving residents the autonomy to do what they want to on their own.

Is Assisted Living the Same Thing as a Nursing Home?
No, not exactly. They do offer many of the same help but a nursing home gives 24 hour assistance and medical tending for seniors. In an assisted living home 24 hour care is available, but independence is supported. Many offer intimate and apartment style housing, a few even have their own kitchens. Most facilities also have community dining and areas for fun activities.

Assisted Living and Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
An assisted living facility is able to be part of a CCRC. These Continuing care retirement Communities are long term living solutions for the elderly, commonly in one location. In the beginning, elders living at a CCRC have the benefit of independent retirement living. As seniors age and start needing support they obtain the help they need as they need it. This continues until they want complete supervision and have the option of transitioning into a nursing home, providing the resident with all the senior aid they’ll need.

How to Pay for Assisted Living
Most people pay for their assisted living help with private cash but in many situations exceptions are made. There are a few insurance policies that give long-term care that cover accredited senior living facilities. Examine your insurance policy to find out if you are covered. Medicaid help is possible if you need compensation for the charges of assisted living for the elderly who qualify.

Is Assisted Living the Right Alternative for You or Loved One?
Choosing to move into a senior home and leaving the house that you are accustomed too can be hard. Even if you are looking forward to the benefits of senior living; security, assistance, and social perks that come with it, you have to also consider the impact that it has for your family.