Assisted living bridges the gap between living independently and living in a nursing home. Assisted living typically offers a combination of housing, meals, supportive services and basic health care. Assisted living residences generally provide 24-hour staff, recreational activities, housekeeping, laundry and transportation.
These facilities provide help with activities of daily living. Some help with care most people can do themselves like taking medicine, using eye drops, getting to appointments, or preparing meals. Residents may choose which services they receive from the facility such as help with bathing, dressing, eating or medication reminders. Residents often live in their own room or apartment within a building or group of buildings and have some or all of their meals together. Social and recreational activities are usually provided. Some of these facilities have health services on site. Most do not.
Assisted living facilities may or may not offer services specifically designed Not all assisted living facilities provide the same services. In most cases, assisted living residents pay a regular monthly rent, and then pay additional fees for special services they may require.
Costs Vary By State
The federal government does not regulate assisted living and definitions of assisted living vary from state to state. Costs vary depending on the services provided. In Los Angeles California, for example, a full service Board And Care, will cost approximately 5,000/month for a private room.