What is the minimum age requirement to move into assisted living?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    When the need for an assisted living situation finally becomes a necessity, the search for a facility that best fits the future resident's needs can become overwhelming. Generally, most assisted living communities are for adults, but the minimum age requirement will vary from place to place. Sometimes, adults as young as 18 may be admitted to this type of facility. As we get older, many people start to need further assistance with everyday activities like dressing and bathing. Some seniors never reach this point, while others may require it in middle age due to diseases such as Alzheimer's.

    Most people think of assisted living facilities only for seniors, and this is quite often the case. However, there are communities that welcome adults of all ages. For example, assisted living communities in Maryland must have a resident population made of up 80 percent or more adults aged 55 and up; in Florida, that age is usually 62. In other states, there are communities that have higher minimum age requirements, and residents must be a minimum of 65 years old.

    As every state and assisted living community has different age requirements for residents, you'll need to find out what the minimum age requirement is for the facilities you're interested in. It's quick and easy to make a phone call or send an email to get this information. Or better yet, check out the community's website for immediate information.