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What Is Assisted Living? Services, Cost, and Benefits

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What is assisted living?

Assisted living is apartment-style housing for seniors who need help with tasks like bathing, dressing, and grooming. You may hear it called a residential care facility, long-term care facility, assisted living facility, or board and care home. While care is a big part of assisted living, these communities also offer activities and services to make life easy and enjoyable.

The benefits of assisted living

Assisted living provides a safe setting for seniors, giving both residents and families peace of mind. Caregivers are available 24/7 in case a resident needs assistance. Wide walkways and wheelchair access can be found throughout the building for added ease and safety.


While seniors can always enjoy the privacy of their apartment, assisted living communities provide lots of activities and social events. Options include game nights, happy hours, outings, fitness classes, clubs, and more. Seniors can be as active and social as they want to be. In general, staying engaged benefits seniors physically and mentally.


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Signs it may be time for assisted living

You may not be sure if your loved one needs assisted living or can live at home safely. Look for signs of decline or changes in health or hygiene. If you’re caring for your loved one, you may find that you need more help. Some caregivers may notice that stress from this role is bad for their own health.


If you think it’s time to talk about assisted living, it’s best to make your loved one part of this discussion. Waiting until a fall or moving after a hospital visit makes it harder to find a good fit, and makes moving more stressful. It’s best to bring up assisted living sooner than later.


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Assisted living services and features

Assisted living offers a social, active life for seniors who need help with daily tasks. Care is tailored to each senior’s needs and includes help with mobility, medication management, using the bathroom, and more. The services a community provides help seniors focus on what they enjoy instead of spending time on chores. Housekeeping, apartment maintenance, transportation, and laundry are usually offered.

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On-site staff help residents with activities of daily living (ADLs), which include tasks such as eating, bathing, dressing, and toileting. Staff are trained to assist with ADLs based on each resident’s needs.

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Assisted living vs. other types of senior living

Assisted living is a popular care type with a growing demand. When thinking about your senior care options, you’ll find many types of senior living. While other senior care types may offer similar services, there are important differences in the types and levels of care offered to residents.


Note that assisted living doesn’t provide medical care. If your loved one has a complicated or progressive health condition, you may need a nursing home.

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Assisted living costs and payment

Assisted living costs vary from one community to the next. Key factors that determine costs include location, apartment size, and how much help your loved one needs. Different pricing models also affect costs. For example, while some assisted living facilities may be all-inclusive, others charge for services based on the senior’s needs.


Typically, an assisted living base fee covers rent, utilities, meals and snacks, housekeeping, transportation to doctor’s appointments, and social activities. Some outings or features may cost extra. Additional expenses may include help with personal care, internet, beauty and barber services, laundry, and pet fees.


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Touring and moving tips

You may feel overwhelmed with choices when it’s time to find an assisted living facility for your loved one. In this case, there’s nothing like visiting a community to see a typical day. Touring an assisted living facility lets you see the building, assess cleanliness, and witness staff interactions with residents. You may also try a meal, participate in activities, and talk to other residents. Most assisted living facilities also offer virtual tours if an in-person visit isn’t possible.

One strategy is to tour several communities yourself and then bring your parent to your top two choices. Keep in mind which communities are most likely to appeal to them. Once you’ve chosen a community, staff may refer you to move managers. They may also help remove the moving boxes once you’ve unpacked. If you’re stressed about moving day, consider finding expert assistance to help with this major transition.


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Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

The score shown is the overall experience rating which is an average of the reviews submitted for those communities. The overall experience rating is a star rating that ranges from 1 being the lowest to 5 being the highest.

Below are the 51 largest cities grouped by their metropolitan area.

Top states for Assisted Living

Alabama, AL
299 facilities
Alaska, AK
60 facilities
Arizona, AZ
962 facilities
Arkansas, AR
138 facilities
California, CA
3380 facilities
Colorado, CO
424 facilities
Connecticut, CT
173 facilities
Delaware, DE
41 facilities
Florida, FL
2029 facilities
Georgia, GA
824 facilities
Hawaii, HI
39 facilities
Idaho, ID
185 facilities
Illinois, IL
696 facilities
Indiana, IN
482 facilities
Iowa, IA
478 facilities
Kansas, KS
322 facilities
Kentucky, KY
274 facilities
Louisiana, LA
125 facilities
Maine, ME
144 facilities
Maryland, MD
367 facilities
Massachusetts, MA
350 facilities
Michigan, MI
1074 facilities
Minnesota, MN
880 facilities
Mississippi, MS
189 facilities
Missouri, MO
524 facilities
Montana, MT
135 facilities
Nebraska, NE
310 facilities
Nevada, NV
121 facilities
New Hampshire, NH
100 facilities
New Jersey, NJ
362 facilities
New Mexico, NM
137 facilities
New York, NY
521 facilities
North Carolina, NC
702 facilities
North Dakota, ND
101 facilities
Ohio, OH
926 facilities
Oklahoma, OK
248 facilities
Oregon, OR
601 facilities
Pennsylvania, PA
1094 facilities
Rhode Island, RI
66 facilities
South Carolina, SC
400 facilities
South Dakota, SD
127 facilities
Tennessee, TN
452 facilities
Texas, TX
1378 facilities
Utah, UT
167 facilities
Vermont, VT
59 facilities
Virginia, VA
490 facilities
Washington, WA
1400 facilities
West Virginia, WV
58 facilities
Wisconsin, WI
1132 facilities
Wyoming, WY
47 facilities

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