Assisted Living

Designed to assist with basic activities of daily living or ADLs, assisted living provides help with activities such as grooming, bathing, dressing, and for some states, even medication assistance or reminders.

Assisted living residences or facilities provide supervision and assistance to residences through housing, personalized services and health care intended to meet the needs of those who need assistance with their activities of daily living ensuring their health, safety, and well-being. With assisted living, residents would have as much freedom or independence as they want with reassurances that support services and personal care would be available for them if needed.

Designed to assist with basic activities of daily living or ADLs, assisted living provides help with activities such as grooming, bathing, dressing, and for some states, even medication assistance or reminders.

Assisted living facilities or residences can be anything from a family residence or converted hotels to high-rise apartment complexes. Since consumers’ preferences vary widely, there is no single or proper blueprint that assisted living residences follow. Either profit or non-profit, these residences may be housed or free-standing with residential options available depending on the company running them.

Who Needs Assisted Living?

Residents of assisted living are usually seniors who have some decline in health and need assistance in performing one or more tasks of daily living (ADLs). These senior residents are those who would like to live in a social environment with very little responsibilities and a place where care is easily reached whenever they may need it.

Any senior citizen, man or a woman, who does not need the intensive care of a nursing home but prefers more companionship and needs some assistance in day-to-day living can be an assisted living facility resident. Age group however varies with every facility.

According to The Assisted Living Federation of America or ALFA, the average age of assisted living residents is 86.9 years with female averaging 87.3; and male averaging 85.7. Female residents make up what is said to be 73.6% and outnumber male residents by almost 3 to 1. The majority of assisted living residents, which take up 76.6%, are widowed, and just over 12% of the assisted living residents are still married or have a significant other.

The Features of Assisted Living Facilities

Central kitchen and dining facilities normally provide their meals each day. This is why residents of assisted living facilities no longer need to be concerned with daily meal preparations. These central dining facilities also allow for visiting with other residences without having to leave the comforts of their home. Typically, all assisted living communities offer their residents prepared meals three times a day and assistance with light housekeeping and even laundry. Having these facilities available to them greatly reduces the isolation that elderly or disabled people may have when living alone.

Independent living communities are considered to be any form of housing that is designed for seniors over the age of 55. These independent living establishments can include apartments as well as single family townhouses or homes. Independent living is a level of care that is much less than assisted living. Independent living is where residents maintain as much independence as possible and are still able to perform all of the activities of day-to-day living.