Assisted Living Communities are designed for seniors who are still independent but require some assistance with day-to-day tasks such as medication management, bathing, dressing or grooming. Transportation services are available for medical appointments, shopping and group social outings. Meals are typically provided. Apartments are usually small studios or one bedroom, although some communities offer two bedrooms, and are usually equipped with a kitchenette. Housekeeping, maintenance, linen service and laundry service is typically included. The facilities are staffed 24 hours per day and medical alert systems are installed throughout the facility. Common areas include lounges and sitting areas and rooms for hobbies, crafts and games. Communities may have on-site hair salons, movie theaters, business centers, swimming pools and fitness centers. There are social groups for all types of interests.
Residential Care Homes, sometimes called Senior Group Homes, provide assisted living in a smaller setting. These are often located in traditional homes in residential neighborhoods and accommodate 4-6 residents per home. Residents share bathrooms, bedrooms and living spaces. They receive more personalized care and enjoy a more “close-knit” family feel. Meals and assistance with daily activities are included and some may provide medication management as well.