One step up from independent living facilities are assisted living facilities. Just as independent living facilities do, assisted living facilities offer small apartments, common areas and spaces (meeting rooms, libraries, and the like) and planned activities.
Most of these places offer meals in communal meal rooms and rides to grocery stores or malls on a regular basis. Assisted living is what the name implies; residents there will receive the help they need with bathing, toileting, getting dressed, doing laundry, housekeeping, transportation to the doctor or dentist, and other matters as needed. These facilities are meant for people who can’t live alone anymore but are mentally and physically capable of handling a number—but not all—of their daily needs.
Independent and assisted living facilities put an emphasis on their residents’ independence; they can and will step up as medical needs arise, but the biggest difference between independent and assisted living facilities and the next three (types of long-term care) is the on-site availability of medical services.
Eric J. Hertz, PC
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