Assisted Living is probably the most popular choice among seniors and their families. Assisted Living communities come in either apartment style living, or smaller Board and Care type of homes.
Assisted Living means just what it says, assistance with daily living. This includes bathing, dressing, support, medication supervision, incontinence care, transferring assistance, etc. Communities often specialize in dementia care which allows them to care for seniors afflicted with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. End of Life Hospice can also be provided in these settings.
The larger apartment style communities have a “hotel” feel. They customarily have a community dining room with wait staff to take orders. They may also have a beauty salon, vans or buses for transportation, and other community areas such as a library, TV room, gym, medical clinic, etc. Apartments vary in size from studios to two bedroom, two bath designs.
Board and Care sizes are private homes modified to meet state inspection requirements. These smaller homes are particularly good for seniors who have special physical needs. (Macular degeneration, dementia, etc..) Residents receive more one-on-one attention because they are typically limited to six seniors in the home. These offer a family environment and have a sense of “home” verses “hotel”. Assisted Living Facilities are regulated by the state.