What is Assisted Living?

The Granville was designed to empower individuals to maintain their dignity and independence in a residential setting.

More than one million Americans currently live in assisted living communities. Some residents may suffer from mild cases of Alzheimer’s disease or other memory disorders. Assisted living communities offer supportive services such as meals, medication administration, transportation, and bathing to help maintain independence.

Know the Terminology

According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), when choosing an assisted living center you should first become familiar with the terminology. Assisted living residences may be referred to as facilities, adult congregate living facilities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), personal care homes, retirement homes for adults, or community residences.

The fundamental differences in assisted living communities include size, services, and cost. Other factors to consider may include location and the community. Learn more >

Services and Cost

It is important to understand the level of service an assisted living center offers. Assisted living centers vary in the types of services they provide.

The typical assisted living community provides three meals a day, housekeeping services, transportation, access to on site staff 24 hours a day, an emergency call system, exercise or wellness programs, personal laundry service, and recreation activities. Some assisted living centers offer more services; some have only limited services.

Costs vary depending on apartment size, services included, and whether the center is Medicaid certified.

How to Select an Assisted Living Community

When shopping for and evaluating an assisted living community, use the following consumer checklist as a guide:

For more information, visit www.ALFA.org.