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By Megan C @ LivingSenior - January 13, 2013

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When adults reach the age of 65 they begin thinking about retirement, where to live, what to do, and what the best options will be. If you’re like many seniors, especially among the baby boomers, you want to retire from are still able to perform most basic functions yourself. This means you don’t need to move to a nursing home but instead want to live mostly independent with some help. This is when you can choose assisted living.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a type of senior living environment that allows you to live independently but also get assistance with your basic activities of daily living, called ADLs. These daily living activities include bathing, feeding, grooming, dressing, toileting, and more. You may be able to do some of these ADLs on your own, while others you need some extra help with. If this sounds like you, assisted living will be a perfect option for you. Assisted living doesn’t typically involve medical services, aside from regular check-ups if you live in a senior living community and help with administering medications.

Assisted Living Environments

You can get assisted living in your own home by having a health aide come to your home, but most people with this type of senior living care will live in a senior living community. You can choose from a variety of home styles depending on the type of community, the location and how much you have to spend each month on rent. They range from small studio apartments to 1-2 bedroom townhomes.

Assisted Living VS Other Senior Living Options

Assisted living can be considered in the middle of independent living and nursing home care. With independent living, you would be doing the majority of your daily living activities on your own with the occasional assistance. Mostly, you live in a senior community with other seniors who want to live an independent, active lifestyle. In a nursing home, it includes not only ADLs but medical services as well. Assisted living offers you some independence and an active lifestyle, while providing you with helpful staff for bathing, laundry, housekeeping, or anything else you need help with.

Amenities and Activities

When you choose to live in an assisted living retirement community, you have a variety of indoor and outdoor activities and amenities to choose from. What is offered depends on your community specifically, but usually you get amenities like cooked meals 2-3 times a day, transportation services and amenities like a post office, beauty salon or spa, fitness center, and entertainment room. You may have access to outdoor activities like walking trails a swimming pool with classes fitting your abilities and lifestyle.