Assisted Living

Assisted Living

The Assisted Living environment was created for individuals still capable of maintaining some level of independence but would benefit from a minimal level of supervision and assistance due to a decrease in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Today, more than one million Americans live in an estimated 20,000 Assisted Living facilities. These individuals require a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services, and health care designed to meet the needs, both scheduled and unscheduled,of those who need help with the activities of daily living. Assisted living is intended to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing home care. This term is used to describe essential activities to meet personal needs including dressing, bathing, house- keeping, laundry and assistance with medications. Staff is not allowed to administer medical care. Neither Medicare nor Medicaid will pay for Assisted Living. The most common payment source is Private Pay; however, many Long Term Care Insurance policies now recognize Assisted Living as a covered service.