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To help you compare facilities, use Retirement Housing Comparison Chart: Retirement Community, Continued Care Retirement Community, and Assisted Living PDF download to compare:

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities are designed to help people with activities for daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, grooming, dressing, getting into or out of a bed or chair, toileting, and eating. Other services typically provided to help the resident live independently include transportation to community services such as the library, bank, hair salon, doctor appointments, and social activities. Sometimes some of these services are brought to the facility.

Many assisted living facilities look like a nice apartment complex with a common area for eating and socializing. Other assisted living facilities are smaller, and look like a suburban home. Many styles exist; take time to go visit several during your planning for later life housing so that you know what is available in your community.

Assisted living facilities are owned and operated by both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Prices vary by the type of room needed (private or shared) and according to the level of care required, geographic location, etc. Costs can range from $800 to $4,000 a month, or more, depending on where you live.

As with all later life housing options, carefully check out two or more facilities before making a choice of facility to find one that meets your needs. When comparing facilities, you need to ask specific questions so that you can compare business aspects and policies, facility costs, and facility services. Also, you will need to record your answers and your general observations concerning the facility. The activity Retirement Housing Comparison ChartPDF downloadis a wonderful tool to help you remember your visits and compare housing options you’ve researched.