Facilities commonly called assisted living, community care, or board and care range from a few residents in a small home to 100 residents or more in large, campus-like settings. They serve people who do not require skilled nursing but need help with activities such as bathing and dressing, medication management, housekeeping, meals, and transportation.
Another arrangement, typically called “life care” or “community care,” is generally provided in a larger facility — from 100 to 1,000 residents — and offers a continuum of care as residents’ needs change, from independent living to basic assisted living services to skilled nursing care often required at the end of life. This requires substantial payments upfront as well as monthly service fees.
Many individuals are attracted to assisted living because it often allows them to remain fairly independent while offering the security of having others living in close proximity, along with easy access to help with basic care and services. It may also be a good choice for a married couple determined to stay together while facing the uncertainties that aging can bring.
In addition to affordability, individual needs as well as personal preferences will affect your search for assisted living.
Review services, costs, and quality of care when considering potential facilities.