Adult Assisted Living

Adult assisted living has become an increasingly popular option for senior citizens who are no longer able to live in their own homes. Adult assisted living facilities meet the needs of people who require assistance with everyday activities of daily living but are not yet ready for a nursing home.

Assisted living residents are able to maintain independence with their own living quarters, yet receive the care and support they need to live full and productive lives. Adult assisted living facilities exist in many locations including:

  • Residential neighborhoods
  • Rural, private estates
  • Near emergency hospitals
  • Close to shopping areas
  • Near other long-term care facilities

Applying For Adult Assisted Living

Entrance requirements for adult assisted living communities can vary. The typical process requires the applicant to complete an application and questionnaire. These questions usually request personal and health information that is necessary to make sure the facility is equipped to meet an applicant’s needs.

It is recommended the applicant have the following information on hand before completing the application:

  • Social Security Number
  • Medical history
  • Food and skin allergies
  • Current prescriptions being taken
  • Monthly income information
  • Savings and asset information
  • Religious preference
  • Hobbies and activities
  • Contact information for family members

Addressing the Cost of Adult Assisted Living

Paying for an adult assisted living home can be costly. A room and board charge will include the cost of the living quarters and normal caregiving services performed. Medical expenses will also be billed if medical services are administered at the facility.

Residents desiring to move into an adult assisted living home will usually need to prove their ability to pay for services on an on-going basis. Some of the ways in people pay for adult assisted living include:

  • Private financing from their own funds
  • Funds from family members
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Government assistance programs

What to Expect From Adult Assisted Living

Services available at an adult assisted living community can vary but most will include food service, with up to three hot meals per day. Housekeeping and laundry services are also often included in the room and board cost. Personal care attendants and staff can help with errands and tasks in addition to the basic housekeeping services.

Personal care services can include:

  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Dressing
  • Medication distribution
  • Arranging and providing transportation
  • Escorting

Assisted living facilities often provide various activities to entertain and engage residents in social and structured activities. Along with coordinating and providing transportation to outings, these facilities include many daily activities that residents may choose to participate in. Possible activities include:

  • Bingo
  • Dances
  • Fitness classes
  • Swimming
  • Computer classes
  • Jewelry making
  • Shopping
  • Live entertainment

Find Adult Assisted Living

Adult assisted living can offer a safe and private living arrangement for senior citizens who are no longer able to live independently at home. Browse our nationwide directory to Find Assisted Living today!

Written by senior housing staff writer.