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Each state licensing agency has its own definition of the term it uses to describe assisted living. 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. The usual retirement home pattern is that each person or couple in the home has an apartment-style room or suite of rooms. Nursing Home residents in a skilled nursing facility may also receive physical, occupational, and other rehabilitative therapies following an accident or illness. Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. A retirement home differs from a nursing home primarily in the level of medical care given. Assisted Living communities are regulated and licensed at the US state level. Senior Housing - find independent and assisted living facilities, nursing homes, retirement communities, and other elderly care. Retirement villages and retirement communities, unlike retirement homes, offer separate and autonomous homes for residents. Some facilities provide minor help with medications as well. A retirement home differs from a nursing home primarily in the level of medical care given. 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. Independent Living Communities enable residents to live as independently as possible, while providing certain services and social activities.
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