Assisted living is for adults who need help with everyday tasks. They may need help with dressing, bathing, eating, or using the bathroom, but they don't need full-time nursing care. Some assisted living facilities are part of retirement communities. Others are near nursing homes, so a person can move easily if needs change.
Assisted living costs less than nursing home care. It is still fairly expensive. Older people or their families usually pay for it. Health and long-term care insurance policies may cover some of the costs. Medicare does not cover the costs of assisted living.
Administration on Aging
- Alternatives to Nursing Homes (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Also in Spanish
- Housing Options for Older Adults: A Guide for Making Housing Decisions (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging) - PDF
- Choosing a Retirement Community: Ask These 10 Physical Activity Questions (National Institute on Aging) - PDF
Statistics and Research
- Dementia Special Care Units in Residential Care Communities: United States, 2010 (National Center for Health Statistics)
- Residents Living in Residential Care Facilities: United States, 2010 (National Center for Health Statistics)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
Find an Expert
- AAAs (Area Agencies on Aging) & Title VI Aging Programs (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging)
- Locate an Ombudsman (National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care)
- National Institute on Aging Also in Spanish