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Each state licensing agency has its own definition of the term it uses to describe assisted living. More than two-thirds of the states use the licensure term assisted living. Generally, retirement homes are designed for seniors who need minimal to moderate support with their daily living activities. Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living. You have a close network of nearby family, friends, and neighbors. A retirement home differs from a nursing home primarily in the level of medical care given. Independent living is a general name for any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors. An assisted living facility may be a good choice if you need more personal care services than are feasible at home or in an independent living retirement community. Staff is available twenty-four hours a day. 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 is a philosophy of care and services promoting independence and dignity. Assisted living comes by many names, such as residential care, board and care, or group homes. The usual retirement home pattern is that each person or couple in the home has an apartment-style room or suite of rooms. Some facilities provide minor help with medications as well. A nursing home may be a good choice if both medical and personal care needs have become too great to handle at home. 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. 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. Each state licensing agency has its own definition of the term it uses to describe assisted living. 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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