Assisted living is a housing option for those who need help with some activities of daily living. Assisted living falls somewhere between an independent living community and a skilled nursing facility in terms of the level of care provided. A typical assisted living facility resident is usually a senior citizen who does not need the level of care offered by a nursing home but prefers more companionship and needs some assistance in day-to-day living.
Assisted living facilities
An assisted living facility may be a good choice if you need more personal care services than are feasible at home or in independent living community, or you don´t need round-the-clock medical care of a nursing home. Assisted living facilities can range in size from a small residential house for one resident up to very large facilities providing services to hundreds of residents. Some assisted living facilities provide apartment-style living, while others provide rooms. Most facilities have a group dining are and common areas for social and recreational activities.
Residential care facility
There are various residential care facilities offering different types of services, depending on the needs of individual. People with disabilities, mental health problems, or learning difficulties may require residential care. Some residential care facilities offer full-time nursing care. Residents often live in their own room or apartment within the building and have their meals together. Social and recreational activities are typically provided for residents.
Memory care delivers care and support for elderly people who remain physically able, but who are also living with a form of dementia such as Alzheimer´s Disease. In these cases care is provided in living environments that are specifically designed or adapted to meet the needs of people with dementia.