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  • What Is Assisted Living?

What Is Assisted Living?

Overview / History

An assisted living residence provides a social model of care to persons who require supervision or assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADL’s).  These activities may include assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, walking, incontinence, housekeeping, or taking medications timely.  Assisted living also provides coordination of outside medical services and social activities to ensure the health, safety and well-being of each person.  Statistically, an assisted living resident needs assistance with an average of three (3) ADL’s.

Within the United States assisted living spectrum, there is no nationally recognized definition of assisted living.  Assisted living residences are regulated and licensed at the State level.  More than two-thirds of the states use the licensure term “assisted living.”  Other licensure terms used for this philosophy of care include Residential Care Home, Assisted Care Living Facilities, and Personal Care Homes.  Each State licensing agency has its own definition of the term it uses to describe assisted living.

Assisted living as it exists today emerged in the 1990’s as an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for people, normally seniors, for whom independent living is no longer appropriate, but who do not need the 24 hour medical care provided by a skilled nursing home.  Assisted living is a social philosophy of care and services promoting independence and dignity.

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