What Is Assisted Living?


Many people want to have their freedom and live without assistance as long as possible. This is the purpose of assisted living facilities. Assisted living is the step between living on your own and being in a nursing home. The residents living in assisted living facilities do not need constant care, but they are not quite able to live by themselves either. The residents of assisted living facilities get help with bathing, dressing, eating, doing laundry and housekeeping and also assistance with their medication. Some of these facilities even offer medical care, however this is not as extensive as the care they would get in a nursing home. Assisted living offers long term care, however it is not a substitute for a nursing home.

During admission to most assisted living centers, the residents are offered a service plan. This is a plan describing the needs of the residents and the services guaranteed by the staff. The plan is modified on a regular basis to keep up with any changes in the condition of the resident.

Assisted living is just a generic term; other terms used to describe the same kind of facilities are called:

· Residential care
· Personal care
· Adult congregate living care
· Board and care
· Domiciliary care
· Adult living facilities
· Supported care
· Enhanced care
· Community based retirement facilities
· Adult foster care
· Adult homes
· Sheltered housing
· Retirement residences

How Does an Assisted Living Facility Differ from a Nursing Home?

The intention of a nursing home is to care for people who have many health care issues and are not able to take care of themselves. The purpose of assisted living facilities is to basically aid residents with activities they can not do on their own. Assisted living facilities are meant to help people who need assistance with dressing, bathing, doing housework or cooking. They are also meant for people who experience memory loss or who get confused.

What are Continuing Care Retirement Communities?

When an assisted living facility is connected with a nursing home or an independent living residence, this is known as a continuing care retirement community. This way the occupants can take advantage of a wide variety of services and if their condition or needs change they can be transferred from one facility to another without relocating and without having to get used to a new setting. This way an occupant can go from the independent living center, to the assisted living center and finally into the nursing home as their needs change.

For those wanting to become a member of a continuing care community, there are three different contracts available. They are; extensive, modified and fee for service. All three of these contracts include shelter, residential services, amenities and all short-term and emergency care. The difference in the contracts is the monthly fees and the entrance fees.

The extensive contract will also cover unlimited long-term nursing care without increasing the monthly payments. Naturally, this contract is the most costly of the three, but may turn out to be cheaper in the long run. The modified contracts cover only a certain amount for long-term care. When that amount is reached, the resident must pay out of pocket for additional nursing care. The fee for service contract is naturally the cheapest because any and all long-term care is paid by the resident at daily nursing care rates.

What is Independent Living?

People who are able to live on their own, but don’t want the hassle of keeping up a house, may prefer independent living option. A lot of people like to live in a community that consist of people their own age and who have the same interests. These independent retirement communities also have great social activities and organize many outings and trips. Some also offer several other services, such as preparing meals.

Last Modified April 9, 2010 @ 7:52 pm
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