What is Assisted Living?
The Assisted Living Federation of America defines assisted living as “a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed”. Assisted living homes exist to help individuals who have difficulty managing everyday tasks (eg: cooking, taking medication, bathing and dressing).
As people age or experience progression of their illness or symptoms, some of these activities may become harder to do. That’s what assisted living homes are for.
The assisted living concept developed out of a need for independent living alternatives to nursing homes. Whether an assisted living home is right for you or your loved one depends entirely on their abilities and comfort level.
Some facilities are actual apartment buildings or condominiums, and some are in large houses or are laid out like a campus. It is only in the last twenty-five years that such opportunities and options for living have even become possible.
The entire assisted living concept is based on the philosophy of “providing personalized, resident centered care ... to meet individual preferences and needs. Assisted living treats all residents with dignity, provides privacy and encourages independence and freedom of choice.”
Regulation of Assisted Living Homes
Each state is responsible for regulating what services are provided by assisted living homes, as well as monitoring and ensuring that quality care and service are carried out according to state standards.
When looking for the right assisted living facility for you or your loved one, keep in mind that not all assisted living facilities provide the exact same services. Services may or may not include:
• Meals served in a common dining room
• Exercise and wellness activities
• Laundry services
• Social and recreational activities
• Access to health services such as physiotherapy and hospice care
• Medication management
How Much does Assisted Living Cost?
What assisted living costs varies depending on the type of facility and the amount of care involved for each patient.