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An assisted living facility may be a good choice if you donít need the round-the-clock medical care and supervision of a nursing home. Assisted living comes by many names, such as residential care, board and care, or group homes. An assisted living facility may be a good choice if you donít need the round-the-clock medical care and supervision of a nursing home. Staff is available twenty-four hours a day. Assisted living emerged in the 1990s as an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for seniors for whom Independent living is no longer appropriate but who do not need the 24-hour medical care provided by a nursing home. You do not need to provide medical evidence that you need a minimum level of care. The usual retirement home pattern is that each person or couple in the home has an apartment-style room or suite of rooms. Staff is available twenty-four hours a day. Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with coordination of services by outside health careproviders. A nursing home may be a good choice if you need a higher level of care temporarily after a hospitalization, but itís anticipated you will be able to return to home or another facility after a period of time. There is a wide range of home care services that can help you maintain your independence within the comfort of your own home, from in home help to day care. The housing is friendlier to older adults, more compact, with easier navigation and assistance in outside maintenance. Independent living is a general name for any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors. A nursing home, convalescent home, Skilled Nursing Unit, care home or rest home provides a specific type of care for its residents. Each state licensing agency has its own definition of the term it uses to describe assisted living. Assistance may include the administration or supervision of medication, or personal care services provided by a trained staff person. Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with coordination of services by outside health careproviders. Other licensure terms used for this philosophy of care include Residential Care Home, Assisted Care Living Facilities, and Personal Care Homes.
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