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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. Senior Living - info and advice for older adults. A nursing home may be a good choice if both medical and personal care needs have become too great to handle at home. Retirement villages and retirement communities, unlike retirement homes, offer separate and autonomous homes for residents. 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. A place in a retirement home can be paid for on a rental basis, like an apartment, or can be bought in perpetuity on the same basis as a condominium. Independent living is a general name for any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors. Other licensure terms used for this philosophy of care include Residential Care Home, Assisted Care Living Facilities, and Personal Care Homes. Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with coordination of services by outside health careproviders. 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. 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.
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