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Assisted Living Increasing As an Option for Seniors

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - March 23, 2011

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With a record number of elderly in need of senior care, assisted living is increasingly becoming the care of choice for today's seniors, especially older seniors.

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living recently discussed a number of trends in assisted living as part of its series examining the current status of assisted living and long-term care. The latest briefing revealed that, of the almost 1 million people living in approximately 38,000 assisted living communities in the United States, the average resident is 87 years old and has a median annual income of $19,000, and three out of four residents are women. The briefing also revealed that assisted living residents are mostly in need of assistance with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and managing medications.

“For many Americans who are making decisions about long-term care, assisted living is often their first exposure to our world,” stated Governor Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We now have more long-term care options than ever before. That speaks directly to the strong state of our profession and how we are meeting residents needs every day.”

The AHCA/NCAL briefing revealed that 75% of assisted living residents or their families pay for assisted living, while 131,000 low-income Americans receive Medicaid coverage for services in assisted living.