- Assisted Living was developed to offer a bridge from home to full-time nursing care
- Offerings range from small, six bed home to multi-level larger communities
- Staff on duty 24 hrs/day (CNAs; with an LPN or RN supervising care)
Assistance available when needed with:
- Supervision of medications
State licensing and regulation required
While assisted living communities have been available the United States for many years, the growth and availability of assisted living has had a dramatic increase since the early 1990s. This growth resulted from consumer demand to provide a less institutional and more home-like setting for those who need assistance but don’t need 24-hour nursing care.
Assisted living is a residential alternative that promotes maximum independence for each resident through a combination of supportive services and assistance. The definition of assisted living from one state to another may vary and so will the cost and types of service.
In general terms, an assisted living community is required to provide assistance with daily living activities, including eating, bathing, dressing and personal hygiene; three meals a day; supervision of self-administration of medications; laundry service including personal laundry; housekeeping; and 24-hour staffing.