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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. 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. Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with coordination of services by outside health careproviders. Assisted living is a philosophy of care and services promoting independence and dignity. Independent Living Communities enable residents to live as independently as possible, while providing certain services and social activities. Retirement homes are privately owned rental accommodations for seniors who are able to manage and pay for their own care. 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 nursing home may be a good choice if both medical and personal care needs have become too great to handle at home. The usual retirement home pattern is that each person or couple in the home has an apartment-style room or suite of rooms. Retirement homes are also called retirement residences. A retirement home differs from a nursing home primarily in the level of medical care given. Housing arrangements for the future can be a stressful, anxiety-provoking topic for you and your family. A retirement home is a multi-residence housing facility intended for senior citizens. Nursing Home residents include the elderly and younger adults with physical or mental disabilities. Assistance may include the administration or supervision of medication, or personal care services provided by a trained staff person. Retirement homes are also called retirement residences. Retirement villages and retirement communities, unlike retirement homes, offer separate and autonomous homes for residents.
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