Assisted living is senior care that offers assistance to seniors who live independently but might need some extra help with tasks of daily living. Residents live in individual units and have shared gathering spaces. Assisted living communities offer services such as housekeeping, meals, transportation, and some health care help to residents.

Additional Help Means More Freedom

In assisted living communities, staff are trained in senior safety and health care, so residents can live in a safe environment while still maintaining their independence. Assisted living communities are meant to feel like home, so individual units have common comforts like cable television, private bathrooms, and stoves. Some on-site medical care is available, though residents do not require round-the-clock medical monitoring. If residents can safely manage their medications and their doctors agree that it is ok, they have the option to self-administer.

Socialization is Made Easier

A study conducted on senior socialization found that increased social interaction can prevent or delay cognitive decline. In assisted living communities, residents share several different common spaces with other residents where socialization can easily take place. There are also community-planned social events, such as field trips, club meetings, and birthday parties, where residents can come together and get to know one another better.


Caregiver's Field Guide to Assisted Living