Assisted living is a great option for individuals who have difficulty with daily activities needed for living independently. An Assisted Living Community is a long-term residential living option in which residents are free to live an independent lifestyle, but can also receive regular support for a range of daily activities ranging from cleaning to meal preparation. The philosophy of assisted living is to provide personalized, resident centered care in order to meet individual preferences and needs. Housekeeping and maintenance services are often included in the monthly rent, along with laundry services, utilities, assistance getting dressed, transportation and meals. These communities have an overall residential and a more home-like atmosphere and can range from large corporate-managed communities where hundreds of people live in their own apartment, to small private homes. In addition to enjoying the peace of mind that comes from this maintenance-free lifestyle, residents can take advantage of a full calendar of events, activities, out-trips, and countless opportunities for social engagement. Additional care services, such as medication management or assistance taking a shower, are also readily available. Another important aspect of assisted living is that most communities recognize that being able to keep a pet is very important to the resident, and therefore many assisted living communities will allow the senior to bring a pet as long as he or she is able to take care of it.

What is the cost of Assisted Living?
Assisted living costs vary with the residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. Most assisted living residences charge on a month-to-month lease arrangement, but a few require long-term arrangements.

Amenities in assisted living communities typically include:
• Daily meals
• Transportation
• Housekeeping services
• Personal laundry services
• 24-hour supervision and security
• Exercise and wellness programs
• Social and recreational activities

Personal care in assisted living communities typically include:
• Medication management
• Care for residents with cognitive impairments
• Emergency call systems for each resident's apartment
• Staff available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs
• Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and mobility
• Access to health and medical services, i.e. physical therapy
and hospice services