5 Things You Didn’t Know About Assisted Living Facilities

Updated on April 15, 2020

It’s natural to have an aversion to assisted living homes. They can represent the inevitability of getting older, the inability to live independently, or worse. 

Whether you’re considering going to an assisted living community yourself or have a parent who might need their services, you may be ambivalent to make the choice. However, you should know that there’s a lot of misinformation out there providing negative stigmas that have no place in reality.

In truth, assisted living facilities offer residents a life of luxury, convenience, safety, and excitement. Keep reading for five things you probably don’t know about assisted living facilities.

1. Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Are Not the Same

One reason people might look negatively at an assisted living community is because they’re confusing it with a nursing home. In reality, the two are quite different.

For example, assisted living residents are mobile, active, independent, and enjoy a small apartment or condo to themselves. Typically, they require some help getting around, with medications, etc. Alternatively, nursing home residents need heavier (24-hour) care, have only a room to themselves, and require a skilled nursing staff.

2. There Are Multiple Levels of Care

While there are stark differences between nursing homes and assisted living facilities, a senior who needs more care isn’t necessarily destined for a nursing home. Depending on an assisted living facility’s licensing and staff, they may offer nearly as much care as a nursing home, while maintaining an assisted living environment. 

3. Pets Are Allowed at Some Facilities

One of the most important benefits residents enjoy at an assisted living facility is the ability to bring their pets with them. However, there are some restrictions in place to maintain the best possible environment for everyone at the facility. For example, there may be weight limits and breed restrictions for dogs. 

Make sure you or your loved one verifies that the animal will be allowed. Additionally, expect to have a pet interview with the facility before your animal is officially accepted.

4. Couples Don’t Need to Be Separated

Being separated is one of the biggest fears people have about going to an assisted living community. People hardly want to be separated from their significant other in their final years together. This can be especially traumatic in a new environment. 

While it’s not always guaranteed, assisted living facilities work hard to ensure couples stay together or at least very near each other.

5. There Are Group Activities Every Day

Finally, many seniors are surprised at how much their social life and daily activities increase when they opt to move into an assisted living community. Some facilities even offer college courses, allowing residents to pursue more education.

Assisted living facilities provide a myriad of daily activities and social events. Expect everything from fitness classes and game nights to field trips to museums, shows, and more.

Looking for More Great Advice or Information?

We know it can be hard to go through the major transitions of life. Just remember to keep an open mind and focus on your priorities, such as health, safety, and happiness – all of which assisted living facilities can provide. And if you’re looking for any more advice or information, be sure to check out some of our other articles before you go.


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