Assisted Living

August 17, 2018

With age comes responsibility, adults begin to understand that their parents may need more care. From providing caregivers to a nursiung home, assisted living can provide the care and support aging seniors may need in order to live more comfortably. 

What is Assisted Living?

Residence that provides long-term senior care with different levels of senior care, which may include personal care and support like food, medication management, bathing, exercise and wellness programs. Assisted living communities are thought to be the new nursing home or retirement homes for senior citizens. It's designed for seniors that need more day-to-day assistance than independent living, assisted living communities have staff and programs that can support and assist residents with daily living and basic care in a homelike or apartment setting. Accommodations and options may differ from one assisted living community to another, consider what personal needs, preferences and amenities are important when selecting a community.


Assisted living is often less expensive than nursing home care, more seniors are purchasing long-term care insurance to help finance their long-term care needs. Wartime veterans and their spouses may eligible for VA benefits that can offset the cost of care. Those with low income may to need use Medicaid to pay for senior care. 

Differences Between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities 

The biggest differences between these two types of senior housing centers revolve around medical services provided and the physical plant of each community.

  • Care and Services Provided in Senior Housing.
    • Residents in a nursing home require around the clock care and monitoring.
    • They typically live with more complex health care conditions that require the assistance of a skilled nurse or a physical or speech therapist. Some require respiratory care services.
    • By contrast, residents in an assisted living community generally require custodial care. It might be a person who lives with memory loss and isn’t safe living alone.
    • Or an adult with mobility problems who needs a little help transferring from their bed to their favorite chair.
  • How Senior Housing Communities Differ in Physical Plant.
    • One obvious difference when you tour both a nursing home and an assisted living community is their appearance.
    • While a nursing care center generally looks a little institutional because of the type of care provided, an assisted living usually resembles an upscale apartment community.
    • Nursing home residents are more likely to share a room with another senior. Residents in an assisted living community usually have their own apartment or suite.


Be prepared to have a family conversation, support your loved one emotionally and decide what important documentation and keepsakes should be taken to your loved one’s new home. Don’t allow the emotional and logistical challenges of finding senior living overwhelm you.