Everything You Need to Know About
Assisted Living is a form of long term senior care that provides conveniences common to every-day living, such as food preparation, bathing, transportation, and more. Unlike Independent Living, Assisted Living is best for seniors who need a little help with daily tasks. Assisted Living does not usually deal with Alzheimer’s or dementia related illnesses like Memory Care does, nor is it meant for specialized nursing or care services like Skilled Nursing.
Assisted Living Overview
Assisted Living provides comprehensive assistance with daily living. In general, Assisted Living is best for seniors who are relatively healthy and do not have severe medical or mental problems. It is common for Assisted Living homes and communities to offer a wide variety of activities for their residents, ranging from simple game nights to regularly scheduled outings and events.
Generally speaking, Assisted Living homes and communities offer regular services such as laundry, cleaning, and cooking. While it’s not Memory Care or Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living can help manage the medications of their residents, as well as oversee the general health of the seniors. Assisted Living provides less freedom than Independent Living, but overall personal freedom will vary from community to community and individual to individual.
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How much does it cost?
The cost of Assisted Living varies depending on several determining factors, including the type of residence, the size of the apartment/room, the types of services required by the individual, the geographic location of the community, and it’s proximity to other favorable amenities. On average, you can expect Assisted Living to cost anywhere between $2,000 and $5,000 per month. The national average in 2014 was $3,500 per month for a one-bedroom Assisted Living apartment (Genworth.com.) While the payment frequency of Assisted Living is usually month-to-month, several Assisted Living locations also offer more long-term solutions. Assisted Living communities can charge additional entrance fees, security deposits, and other fees for special services. These vary from location to location.