A facility with a home environment for those whose physical, mental or social limitations make it difficult for them to stay alone.
For many older adults, an assisted living community can combine the best of two worlds. It allows them to remain as independent as if they were at home while providing the needed personal care that is similar to, but less intensive than, the care available in a nursing home.
The "assisted" in assisted living refers to the assistance available to residents who are experiencing difficulty in handling one or more of the "Activities of Daily Living" or ADLs. ADLs are the personal tasks each person needs to accomplish on a regular basis. Shopping, preparing meals, bathing, grooming, toileting, dressing, running errands, house cleaning, laundry, and keeping track of medications are some of the many examples of such activities.