Assisted care is a special combination of residential housing, personalized supportive
services and healthcare. These residential settings maximize independence, but do
not provide skilled nursing care. Assisted care facilities may offer the same features
as independent living communities, with the added assistance of personal care. It
is designed to meet the individual needs of those requiring help with activities
of daily living, but do not need the skilled medical care provided in a nursing
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Personal Care and Healthcare in Assisted Care Communities
Assisted care communities can be free standing, part of a Continuing Care Community
that provides independent, assisted and nursing care, affiliated with a nursing
home, or often are specialized services brought into independent retirement communities.
There are a variety of names used to describe Assisted Living facilities; many specialized
to certain regions of the country. Board and Care, Residential Care Facilities,
Community Based Retirement Facilities, Personal Care, Adult Living Facilities, Adult
Foster Care, etc. are all examples of Assisted Living facilities. However, the generic
term throughout the country is "Assisted Living."
Costs of Living in Assisted Care
Costs for assisted care depend on the number of services and accommodations that
they offer. The facilities charges will reflect the number of services that you
will have access to. Most plans include meals and laundry, but some may limit the
number of meals per month.
Regulation of Assisted Care Facilities
Assisted living facilities are regulated and licensed at the state level. Each state
does so according to its own laws-there are no federal regulations on assisted care.
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