Senior Living Communities

Frequently Asked Questions About

Assisted Living Communities & Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

Senior Living Communities
Assisted living and CCRCs offer senior living options within a community setting and allow seniors to transition to different levels of care without leaving the community.

What is assisted living?

There are three general levels of senior living: independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. Assisted living communities are best for seniors who cannot be fully independent and require some assistance with daily living activities.

Assisted living services can be provided at a freestanding location or as part of a retirement community, hospital, or skilled nursing home. Assisted living facilities in a community setting typically encourages healthy living and social interaction with other seniors.

What kind of services do assisted living facilities provide?

Assisted living facilities typically provide support for daily activities such as grooming, getting dressed, going to the bathroom, housekeeping, laundry, meals, prescription medication management, emergency alert supervision, transportation, and more. Assisted living communities foster a social environment and other services can include social programs, senior outings, and other social activities.

Residents of assisted living communities can choose to receive different levels of support depending on their individualized needs.

What is the difference between senior housing and assisted living?

Assisted living is a type of senior housing community. Senior housing is a general term and typically refers to different types of senior living, including independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes.

What are senior living communities or continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs)?

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are communities which include different levels of senior living and care. CCRCs allow seniors to “age in place” and transition to different levels of senior care as needed. For example, a senior may join a community under independent living, but as they age and require more care, they can transition to assisted living or skilled nursing care while continuing to live in the community.

What are the benefits of living in a retirement community?

Beyond allowing seniors to transition to different levels of care without moving or leaving their community, continuing care retirement communities offer many other benefits including:

  • Allows seniors to plan ahead for their living and health needs
  • Seniors can socialize and make friends in a community setting
  • Promotes a healthier and safer environment for seniors
  • Minimizes maintenance and other efforts required to maintain a home
  • Transportation and other services

Who qualifies for assisted living? How do you know if a senior requires assisted living?

Assisted living facilities usually assess a senior’s needs before they move into the facility to determine their individual assistance needs. Each State has different regulations for assisted living facilities to perform assessments and determine who qualifies for assisted living.

In general, if a senior is having trouble with daily activities and living independently, they may be a good candidate for assisted living. For example, many seniors living in assisted living facilities require help with walking, getting dressed, bathing, getting out of bed, or going to the bathroom.

How do I find assisted living near me?

You can enter your zip code on Senior65advice to find assisted living in your area. However, Senior65advice does not show all assisted living facilities in the market. We only include assisted living facilities which are located within continuing care retirement communities that include skilled nursing care, approved by Medicare.

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How much does assisted living cost?

You can enter your zip code on Senior65advice to find assisted living in your area. However, Senior65advice does not show all assisted living facilities in the market. We only include assisted living facilities which are located within continuing care retirement communities that include skilled nursing care, approved by Medicare.

Costs for assisted living can vary greatly depending on location, available services, and level of assistance required. As a general range, assisted living costs can cost between $1,500 - $6,000 per month and generally average around $4,000 per month.