In Georgia, there are currently no facilities designated as assisted living, but that is all about to change - on Monday, the state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would begin to recognize some communities by the new status, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
This will represent a marked change in Georgia, where it was previously difficult to find any kind of skilled medical or personal services in one central location.
Instead, seniors in need of care had to rely on personal care homes, which require residents to be mobile enough to walk during a time of emergency and also able to manage their own medications.
Now, with Senate Bill 178 ratified, senior living communities with 25 or more beds can offer medication aides and assistants to older adults who may need some help with day-to-day tasks, but not the intensive treatment of nursing homes.
In part, Georgia may be preparing for the increased demand for retirement living communities that is expected in the coming years as baby boomers age. The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information expects that 70 percent of current boomers will need senior housing in the future, according to TCPalm.com.