What is Assisted Living Facility?

What Is An Assisted Living Facility?

The table given below explains the concept of an Assisted Living by comparing it with other senior care options.

CATEGORY OF SENIOR CARE

RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

AT-HOME HEALTH CARE

ASSISTED LIVING

NURSING HOME

NATURE OF REQUIREMENT Proactive Reactive Proactive Reactive
USERS Seniors who are very independent and have little to no medical problems Seniors who prefer to live in their own homes but need assistance with daily personal care Seniors who are no longer able to live on their own but do not require the high level of medical care provided in a nursing home Seniors who require high level of medical care and 24 hours skilled nursing assistance
ROOM TYPES 1bhk, 2bhk + N/A Furnished Single, Double/Triple-sharing rooms Single, Double-sharing, Triple-sharing, General Ward
MEALS MANAGEMENT Typically not available – often responsibility of the residents themselves No Yes Yes
PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANCE (bathing, toileting) Typically not available Yes Yes Yes
LAUNDRY MANAGEMENT Varies No Yes Yes
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT Typically not available Limited assistance Yes Yes
HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT Varies Doctor/ Nurse/ Physiotherapist visits can be arranged on call basis Regular periodic doctor visits and physiotherapy sessions AND Coordination with external medical and diagnostic service providers Round the clock doctors, nurses, therapists, diagnostics and coordination with external service providers where necessary
HOUSEKEEPING Typically not available No Yes Yes
RECREATION Clubhouse, swimming pool, cards room etc. No Spiritual gatherings and prayers, library, walking Typically not available
ALSO KNOWN AS Independent living communities, Senior Apartment Caregiver services, Home Health-Aide Care home, Assisted Old Age Home, Old age homes Medical Centre, Skilled Nursing Facility