Assisted living facilities are for people needing assistance with activities of daily living (ADLS), but wishing to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Assisted living exists to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes. Residents in assisted living are not able to live by themselves, but do not require constant care either.


Assisted living facilities offer help with ADLS such as meals, bathing, dressing, laundry, housekeeping and assistance with medications.


Assisted living is not an alternative to a nursing home, but provide an intermediate level of long-term care appropriate for many seniors.


A service plan is created for each resident detailing the personalized services required by the resident and guaranteed by the facility. The plan is updated regularly to assure that the resident receives the appropriate care as his or her condition changes.


Reimbursement for assisted living has been limited to those who can pay privately. In Ohio the home care program for seniors, PASSPORT, has expanded limited coverage to assisted living facilities.


How Assisted Living Facilities Differ from a Nursing Home


Nursing homes are designed to care for very frail people that are not able to care for themselves and have numerous health care requirements.


Assisted living facilities are designed to assist the elderly persons who are able to care for themselves except for a few activities. Assisted living facilities are often deemed necessary when the person needs help preparing meals, bathing, dressing, performing household chores, is sometimes confused, or is experiencing memory problems.

Other common terms for these facilities include:


Residential Care (title used for licensed facilities in Ohio)
Personal Care
Adult congregate living care
Board and care
Adult living facilities
Adult foster care
Adult family homes
Retirement residences