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What Is Assisted Living? > Types

As varied as the State licensing and definitions are, so are the types of physical layouts of buildings that provide assisted living services.  Assisted living residences can range in size from a small residential house for three (3) residents up to very large residences caring for hundreds of residents.  Assisted living falls somewhere between an independent living community and a skilled nursing facility in terms of the level of care provided.  Continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) combine independent living, assisted living, and skill nursing care in one (1) facility.

Although the majority of assisted living residences care for more independent or active seniors, there are also assisted living residences who specialize in specific areas of care, such as Alzheimer's / Dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Mental Health, etc.  There are communities that cater to a more active lifestyle by providing on campus golf, swimming, hiking, etc.      

People who live in newer assisted living residence usually have their own private suite or apartment.  There is usually no special medical monitoring equipment that you would find in skilled nursing facilities.  Trained staff is usually on-site around the clock to provide assistance with other needed services.  Household chores are performed; sheets are changed, laundry is done, and food is cooked and served in assisted living residences. 

Alternatively, individual living spaces may resemble a dormitory or hotel room consisted of a private or semi-private sleeping area and a shared bathroom.  There are usually common areas for socializing, as well as a central kitchen and dining room for preparing and eating meals.

Each senior is an individual who has varied needs when seeking out the best assisted living residence for those needs.

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