As men and women age, many find it difficult to complete everyday activities without assistance.  Things like showering and dressing become increasingly difficult while daily tasks, such as cooking and cleaning, may seem impossible. Others may struggle to get around or remember clearly, causing them to be at risk for falls or wandering.  If your loved one has experienced some changes in recent past and needs more care than you are able to provide, it may be time to consider an assisted living facility as an option.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is one of the many residential options for seniors to choose from.  An assisted care facility provides hands-on assistance with personal care, including administering medication, keeping house, bathing or hygiene, cooking meals, using the restroom, or traveling to and from appointments. If your loved one struggles with any of these tasks, they’ll find the help they need in an assisted living facility.

How Else Do People Refer to Assisted Living

There are a number of different names for assisted living.  You may hear it being referred to as:

  • Residential Care
  • Senior Apartments
  • Board and Care
  • Adult Care Home
  • Alternative Care Facility
  • Adult Group Home

Different parts of the country have different ways of referring to assisted living; each term refers to a type of care specifically designed for the disabled and elderly.

Benefits of Assisted Living Facilities

The benefits found in assisted living facilities are often too numerous to list.  First and foremost, men and women get access to care they wouldn’t be able to receive at home.  If incapable of performing day-to-day activities without assistance, an elderly person may be dependent on a family member or friend.  If that person isn’t available on a consistent basis, your loved one could very well be facing daily struggles that are easily overlooked.

Safety is one of the biggest attractions of assisted living facilities.  There’s access to care 24 hours a day with options for different types of needs.  Independent seniors don’t have to give up their privacy and freedom in order to ensure their safety.  They can move into an apartment-style setting and know that dining, medical, and transportation services are available whenever they need them.

They also benefit from a rich social life as assisted living facilities have a full schedule of activities for residents to participate in.  From live entertainment to dining out and movies in the theater, there’s something fun to do that suits every personality.


Making the decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility after taking care of them at home can be difficult.  Weigh the advantages against the disadvantages of each place and make sure to base your decision on fact, not emotion.  If you are concerned about safety or can’t commit to caring for a loved one, assisted living is worth the guarantee that your family member is receiving the attention and care they deserve.


Learn more about assisted living and other healthcare options at the main Assisted Living page or the main Caregiving page.

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About the Author: Victoria K. Stickley is a copywriter, editor, and senior content manager based in the Dallas area. Her graduate education in counseling and research has helped immensely in her writing as well as the care she provides for her grandparents. She currently provides support and resources to senior care websites as she learns and experiences senior care first-hand.