Learning About Assisted Living
by Amy Scholten, MPH
Assisted living is a housing option. It is for people who need help with daily living. Many residents are older adults. They do not need high level health care such as a nursing home. They need help with personal care.
Each resident’s needs are different. Therefore, assisted living offers many services. Assistance matches a person's needs. Services may include:
Residents typically live in their own apartments. They share common areas such as dining.
The Cost of Assisted Living
The cost of assisted living varies. It depends on the room size and services. The average cost in 2018 was about $4000 per month. This can vary by location and level of service.
What to Look For in Assisted Living
If you are looking for assisted living, here are some tips:
Assisted living offers many benefits. You can live on your own and also get help with daily living. You can also have security, privacy, and companionship.
Aging Life Care Association
National Center for Assisted Living
Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
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Last Updated: 10/13/2021
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