We are deeply committed to helping families find the best senior assisted living for their unique situation by taking the time to listen and learn about individual preferences and needs. We offer families peace of mind in the difficult and sometimes overwhelming process of finding senior care.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is assisted living?
Assisted living communities provide housing and care to seniors who may need some assistance with daily tasks, but who do not require the skilled care provided at a nursing home. Assisted living communities help with activities such as:
- Medication management
- Incontinence care
Not all assisted living residents require this care. Many seniors move to assisted living when they are still independent but anticipate one day requiring care with one or more of these activities.
Assisted living communities also provide services such as:
- Meals and snacks
- Entertainment and activities
- Scheduled transportation
- Emergency call system
What’s the difference between an assisted living community and a nursing home?
Nursing homes provide the highest level of care and are generally the appropriate care type for the frailest seniors. A nursing home may be the appropriate care type for someone who:
- Is bedridden
- Requires ongoing skilled medical attention on a daily basis
- Requires care for a tracheotomy or colostomy
If you’re not sure whether your loved one needs assisted living or needs a nursing home, contact us. Your Senior Living Advisor will help you determine the most appropriate care type for your loved one during a free consultation.
Can assisted living communities care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia?
Yes. Many assisted living communities provide dedicated memory care in addition to standard assisted living. Our Senior Living Advisors can identify appropriate memory care options for your loved one.
How much does assisted living cost?
Assisted living costs vary widely depending on region, the amount of care required, and the size of the apartment. An analysis of the pricing of communities in our network found that the national average is $3,074. To see the average costs of assisted living where you live, visit our Assisted Living Costs page.
How many people live at an assisted living community?
Assisted living communities come in all shapes and sizes. They can be towering apartment buildings in urban centers, sprawling complexes in the suburbs, or more intimate communities catering to a relatively small number of residents. By our own definition, assisted living communities are licensed to care for at least 20 people, but many communities have hundreds of residents.
Can I bring my pet?
Assisted living communities frequently accept pets, and many even offer pet care. If you are a pet owner, we can help you identify pet-friendly senior communities in your area.
How do I choose which assisted living community is right for me?
There are many factors to consider when selecting a community:
Location – Is the community close to you? Your siblings? Your elderly loved one’s friends and relatives?
Activities and Services – What activities and entertainments are provided? Are there opportunities for socialization?
Amenities – Kitchens, refrigerators, microwaves in the rooms? Are there exercise facilities? A mall or supermarket nearby?
Medical Training and Capabilities - What medical training have the staff members received?
Safety Considerations - How many staff members are on duty during each shift?
Financial Factors – How much does it cost? What is your budget? Do you have veteran’s benefits? Long-term care insurance?
How does AssistedLiving.com help?
After you inquire on our website, you will be connected with a Senior Living Advisor who is familiar with the assisted living options in your area. Your advisor will provide a no-cost consultation and an assessment of your family’s needs. Based on this assessment, we will match you with appropriate assisted living communities in our network and send you a list of options to explore. Your Senior Living Advisor will stay in touch as long as you need to make sure you find a good outcome.