Assisted living communities are designed to provide housing, health care, and personal care services to seniors in need of assistance with activities of daily living in a more independent environment than a traditional nursing home. To see a more detailed comparison between nursing homes and assisted living facilities, visit Choosing a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility.

Assisted living communities are intended to provide a healthy and safe environment for senior residents and provide many levels of elder care. Some assisted living communities specialize in offering a supportive and safe environment for seniors who are largely independent but need some minor periodic assistance with activities of daily living or medication management. Other assisted living providers have designed their services specifically for very frail elderly individuals who need a very high level of assistance on a daily basis. These assisted living facilities have become a substitute for nursing homes and frequently provide many, though not all, of the same care services as a skilled nursing facility.

It is important to know which type of senior care environment each assisted living community caters to so that your loved one will be most comfortable. For additional information, visit our guide on how to choose an assisted living facility, or use our FREE detailed facility reports to compare your senior living options.

For immediate list of assisted living providers in your area, simply search the OurParents directory on this page.

Questions about Assisted Living
  1. What is the difference between independent living and assisted living? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  2. What is the difference between an assisted living community and a nursing home? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  3. How are assisted living communities licensed? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  4. What is the average cost of an assisted living community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  5. How often are assisted living communities surveyed by the state? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  6. What are the licensing requirements or background of staff in a typical assisted living community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  7. What security features will you find at a typical assisted living community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  8. What are the signs of a resident needing to move from assisted living to memory care? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  9. What are the signs of a resident needing to move from independent living to assisted living? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  10. What are the signs of a resident needing to move from assisted living to skilled nursing? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  11. What is the typical resident-to-staff ratio in a memory care facility? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  12. What is the typical resident-to-staff ratio in an assisted living facility? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  13. What caregiver support programs are provided to family members in an assisted living facility? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  14. Does Medicare pay for assisted living? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  15. Does Medicaid pay for assisted living? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  16. Can a resident be forced to leave an assisted living community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  17. Do assisted living communities accept registered sex offenders? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  18. What are the most common forms of payment for assisted living? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  19. How do you talk to a family member about the need for assisted living? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  20. Who do you talk to when you can't convince a family member to move into assisted living? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  21. What do you do when a family is divided over the need for assisted living? What if parents are divided? What if siblings are divided? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  22. Can one parent move into assisted living and the other move into independent living in the same community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  23. Is there a legal requirement for minimum room size at an assisted living community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  24. Do most assisted living communities offer bathrooms that are handicap accessible? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  25. Do all assisted living communities offer care to people in wheelchairs or who need wheelchair assistance? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  26. Do most assisted living communities administer medications? Open wounds? Injections? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  27. Are there any tax deductions for assisted living? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  28. Is there a temporary financial solution to help your loved one pay for assisted living until they are able to sell their primary residence? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  29. Are veterans' benefits available for assisted living residents? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  30. What the obligations for an assisted living community if a resident is injured there? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  31. Are residents able to move out of an assisted living community if they don't like it? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  32. Who is the best person to act as a responsible party for an assisted living resident? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  33. Who is the best person to act as power of attorney for an assisted living resident? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  34. Before moving into assisted living, do I need approval of a physician? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  35. Before moving into assisted living, do I need to visit my physician? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  36. What paperwork is required when moving into an assisted living community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  37. How do assisted living communities handle resident disputes? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  38. What happens when a resident's financial resources are exhausted when living in an assisted living community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  39. What is typically required to move a loved one from their current community to an assisted living community closer to their family? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  40. How do I move a loved one into assisted living when I live far away? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  41. How does a family transition from in home care to assisted living? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  42. If a POA sells property without consent, what happens when Medicaid tries to recoup the assisted living expense? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  43. What are the typical activities offered for residents in assisted living communities? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  44. What type of resident advocacy groups are available at most assisted living communities? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  45. What type of educational seminars are available at most assisted living communities? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  46. How do I deal with a prejudiced loved one in a diverse assisted living community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  47. How do assisted living communities handle dietary requirements? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  48. How do assisted living communities offer different meal choices? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  49. Will assisted living communities allow residents to eat meals in their room? Will they deliver the meal to the room? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  50. Do most assisted living communities provide transportation? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  51. Do most assisted living communities provide space for physical therapy? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  52. Do most assisted living communities provide visiting physicians? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  53. Can a resident keep his car while living in an assisted living community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  54. How does an assisted living community work with loved ones to take away driving privileges of residents? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  55. Are most assisted living communities pet friendly? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  56. Do most assisted living communities allow smoking in rooms or smoking areas? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  57. Can assisted living residents have family members for overnight stays? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  58. Can assisted living residents have family members join them for dinner? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  59. How can I get an estimate of Mom's veteran's benefits? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  60. Who has access to my loved one's apartment within an assisted living community? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  61. Do most assisted living communities provide Wifi access? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  62. Do most assisted living communities provide resident parking? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  63. Do most assisted living communities provide a fitness center? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  64. Do most assisted living communities provide a pool? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  65. Do most assisted living apartments come with a balcony? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  66. Is 24-hour maintenance included in the assisted living fees? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  67. Do most assisted living communities allow residents to bring their own furniture? Do they provide rental furniture? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  68. Do most assisted living communities provide a linen service? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  69. Do most assisted living communities have security cameras? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  70. Do most assisted living communities provide safes? Who has authority to get valuables out of the safe? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  71. Is alcohol available at most assisted living communities? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  72. Do assisted living communities accept residents with mental health conditions? Depression? Bi-polar? Schizophrenia? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers
  73. What is the minimum age requirement to move into assisted living? 2012-10-16 17:30:27 -0400, 1 answers