Author: Sarah Williams
Reviewed By: Brindusa Vanta

Yes, you can live in assisted living with AIDS. Facilities can’t refuse admission based on your AIDS status. However, they may deny admission if they can’t provide the services you need. If your care needs change, you may need to move to a different setting.

Protection From Discrimination

The anti discrimination provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act apply to assisted living communities. Under the ADA, assisted living facilities can’t withhold services, amenities or activities because of an individual’s AIDS or HIV status. The FHA prevents communities from refusing to house people living with AIDS based on their diagnosis alone.

Assisted Living Care and Services

Assisted living facilities provide nonmedical support with personal care and daily activities, such as bathing, dressing and transferring. Some communities can administer drugs, depending on their licenses. Regulations often limit staff to giving medication reminders, fetching drugs and opening containers.

Facilities also schedule wellness and engagement activities and feature communal areas for independent recreation. Other services include medical transportation, meals and housekeeping. However, many individuals with AIDS may need more intensive medical or therapeutic care beyond what assisted living provides.           

Alternative Care Settings

Treatments can significantly improve the overall condition of people with AIDS and extend their lives. With the right treatment, individuals who need limited medical services may benefit from the supportive services and social programming of assisted living. Alternatively, people living with AIDS may choose to age at home with visiting support from in-home care agencies. 

However, as conditions progress, seniors often move into more intensive care settings, such as nursing homes. These provide 24/7 skilled nursing care and health monitoring. Eventually, individuals may choose end-of-life hospice care