What is assisted living? Assisted living, on the whole, is still a relatively new concept. Originally created in the 1980s, assisted living was formed as a less expensive, more home-like alternative to the traditional nursing home.
Although regulations vary from state to state, assisted living provides a wide array of services designed to keep an elder as independent as possible, for as long as possible. In most cases, assisted living helps seniors stay more active, social, and engaged in life than they otherwise would be living alone. Assisted living provides the added security of 24-hour staff, assistance with medications, and communication between health care providers.
Benefits of assisted living include:
- Tailoring of services to the individual needs of the senior
- Maintenance of a senior's lifestyle (assistance with transportation, shopping, and recreation are just a few examples)
- Programs designed to keep a senior active and engaged in life and their surroundings
- Affordable alternative to the high cost of in-home care and nursing homes
- Extended "family" to care and watch out for the senior's safety and well-being
- Regular communication with family members
- Help prevent major disasters that sometimes happen when elders live alone