Assisted Living communities provide housing and care for seniors in state licensed and regulated facilities that vary widely in size and amenities.
They can range from modest apartment style units to luxury communities. Smaller intimate facilities can have as few as 20 residents while larger communities can have hundreds of residents. These facilities provide a safe living environment for independent residents looking for community type living and seniors that need assistance with personal care or can no longer live safely on their own.
• Seniors that live in a Retirement or Assisted Living facility do not require nursing home or skilled nursing level care. A few of the services that can be offered in an Assisted Care Community are medication management, assistance with dressing, bathing, mobility, Diabetes management and insulin injections (not all facilities offer this service), help attending meals and activities or general monitoring that can be scheduled as often as needed.
• Base rent at an Assisted Living Facility includes a studio, 1 or two bedroom apartment, meals, weekly housekeeping and linen service, utilities (except personal telephone), activities/outings and transportation to doctor appointments. Cost depends on size of unit and level of care services.
Please Note: Additional costs for personal care are added to the base price and is dependent on individual needs. Care plans are determined after an onsite nurse assessment is completed and details are discussed with the family.
• Assisted Living amenities may include a dining room, fitness center, internet room, theater, library and beauty salon, billards/pool suite, event center and outdoor courtyards. A smaller handful of Retirement Communities have bistros, spas and swimming pools with therapeutic whirlpools that are monitored by a lifeguard.
• Assisted Care Communities are licensed and regulated by each individual state law. The Department of Social and Health Services is the regulating body for facilities in Washington and Oregon State. Certified Care staff is available 24 hours a day for additional personal needs and safety, while some facilities also provide licensed nursing services for an extra fee.
• Daily social activities and scheduled outings are also offered as part of the Assisted Living lifestyle. A special unit for Dementia or Alzheimer’s residents is available in some, but not all communities. Seniors that do not require personal care may live as Independent Living residents and are able to enjoy all the amenities, security and socializing the facility offers.
Other Names for Assisted Living:
Retirement Home | Assisted Living Community | Adult Congregate Care | Retirement Community | Elder Care Community | Independent Living Facility | Residential Care Facility