Types of Senior Housing

ASSISTED LIVING
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) defines assisted living as a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation.

OVERVIEW OF ASSISTED LIVING
Assisted living is a residential alternative to nursing home care. A relatively new concept twenty-five years ago, today assisted living is the most preferred and fastest growing long-term care option for seniors. Based on the varied preferences and needs of the elderly, there are a variety of settings from which to choose. These choices range from high-rise buildings to one-story Victorian mansions to large multi-acre campuses.

ASSISTED LIVING PHILOSOPHY
The philosophy of assisted living is to provide personalized, resident centered care in order to meet individual preferences and needs. Assisted living treats all residents with dignity, provides privacy and encourages independence and freedom of choice. Residents’ family members and friends are encouraged to get involved in the assisted living community.

TYPICAL SERVICES OFFERED IN ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITIES
Assisted living communities provide more personal care services than an independent living retirement community. They offer a less-expensive, residential approach to delivering many of the same services available in skilled nursing, either by employing personal care staff or contracting with home health agencies and other outside professionals. Learn more about assisted living services and amenities.

AMENITIES IN ASSISTED LIVING TYPICALLY INCLUDE:

  • Three meals a day served in a common dining area
  • Housekeeping services
  • Transportation
  • 24-hour security
  • Exercise and wellness programs
  • Personal laundry services
  • Social and recreational activities



PERSONAL CARE IN ASSISTED LIVING TYPICALLY INCLUDES:

  • Staff available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs
  • Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking
  • Access to health and medical services, such as physical therapy and hospice
  • Emergency call systems for each resident’s apartment
  • Medication management
  • Care for residents with cognitive impairments



WHAT IS THE COST OF ASSISTED LIVING?
Assisted living costs vary with the residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. Assisted living is of often less expensive than home health or nursing home care in the same geographic area. The rental rate includes the base rent and service fees charged by the assisted living community.