Author: Ashlee Shefer
Reviewed By: Brindusa Vanta

Assisted living can be temporary if you need personal care assistance for a short time but don’t require permanent placement. Many communities accommodate short-term stays when they have available beds or apartments. Additionally, they may offer trial stays, allowing prospective residents to experience community life before deciding to move in. 

How Do You Arrange a Temporary Assisted Living Stay?

You can arrange a temporary assisted living stay by contacting communities and asking about their short-term care policies. Many communities require advanced notice to ensure adequate room availability, staffing or supplies, especially if you have specific dates when you need care. They may require you to book a minimum number of days and pay a deposit or community fee to hold your spot. 

Inquire about the services they offer temporary residents to meet your loved one’s needs. For example, ask about daily meals, personal care or medical support, and access to community amenities and activities. Pricing for temporary stays varies depending on the community. Some charge per day, while others customize rates based on the level of care needed and duration of stay.

When to Consider Temporary Assisted Living

Temporary assisted living serves individuals in various scenarios. Some communities offer respite care to temporarily relieve primary caregivers from their duties. If you’re a family caregiver who needs a break from your responsibilities or has an upcoming vacation planned, a short-term assisted living stay ensures your loved one’s safety while you’re away. Seniors recovering from an illness or injury and needing daily living support while regaining their strength and mobility also may benefit from temporary assisted living. However, skilled nursing facilities better serve individuals needing 24-hour medical care or supervision. 

Some assisted living communities offer trial stays to help prospective residents make informed care decisions. For anyone considering assisted living but unready to commit to moving, a trial stay provides first-hand experience with community life, affording the individual the opportunity to meet other residents and decide if that specific location meets their needs.