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Assisted Living Facilities in the US

Assisted living, a type of licensed care, has been around since the early 1970's. It refers to programs licensed by Community Care Licensing that enable retirement facilities to provide residents of these facilities personal care services that allow them to remain independent in their apartments. This type of licensed care has always been found in "Board and Care" homes (Residential Care Homes).

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The term "Assisted Living" became popular in the late 1980's and was used by the retirement industry to describe programs of personal care that are now available in most retirement residences, life care communities and larger residential care facilities throughout California.

The need for personal care up until the mid 1980's had been handled mostly by small board and care homes or by nursing homes. Most retirement residences had little or no programs for residents who needed personal care. But due to difficulties in attracting new residents and meeting the growing care needs of residents who were aging in place, most retirement residences instituted personal care programs for their residents who required it.

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Assisted Living Facilities are state-licensed programs offered at residential communities with services that include meals, laundry, housekeeping, medication reminders, and assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). These facilities are for people needing such assistance but wishing to lives as independently as possible for as long as possible. The exact definition will vary from state to state, and a few states do not license assisted living facilities. Assisted living is generally regarded as a step or two below skilled nursing in level of care. It exists to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes. Residents in assisted living centers are not able to live by themselves but do not require constant care either. Many facilities also have centers for medical care varying by facility; However, the care offered may not be as intensive or available to residents as the care offered at a nursing home.

Approximately 90 percent of the country's assisted living services are paid for with private funds, although some states have adopted Medicaid waiver programs. Assisted living may also be referred to as:

  • Personal Care,
  • Board and Care,
  • Residential Care,
  • Boarding Home, etc.

There are many assisted living facilities which have comprehensive programs designed specifically for the elderly who cannot live on their own. These are not retirement residences with an adjunct care program but are facilities specially constructed for the purpose of caring for seniors. Sometimes these facilities are conversions of retirement residences or small apartments into care centers. They generally are laid out apartment style with special amenities such as walk in showers, wide doors for wheelchair access, emergency call pull cords, etc.

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