AuthorLauren Thomas
Reviewed ByBrindusa Vanta

Yes, assisted living is considered custodial care. Unlike nursing homes, which accommodate residents who need intensive skilled nursing services, assisted living facilities provide nonmedical support for daily living activities. However, in some states, assisted living facilities contract with third-party providers to administer basic skilled nursing services.

Who Needs Assisted Living Services?

Assisted living facilities accommodate older adults who want to maintain as much independence as possible but require a helping hand throughout the day to maintain their safety and comfort. This long-term care option may be a good fit for you if you experience difficulties completing everyday personal care tasks due to advanced age or a medical condition and if you don’t require skilled nursing services beyond short-term or intermittent support.

Assisted living facilities provide additional benefits in case:

  • You have difficulty navigating your home due to its size or layout
  • You need help with planning, shopping for and preparing daily meals 
  • You’re at risk of isolation and would benefit from a social environment
  • You don’t have transportation for errands and appointments

What Custodial Services Do Assisted Living Facilities Provide?

Each state regulates its own assisted living facilities, so the services facilities provide differ slightly depending on their location. In general, assisted living facilities provide nonmedical custodial services that don’t require specialized staff certification or training. These services include:

  • Medication reminders
  • Mobility assistance
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Basic housekeeping and linen services
  • Transportation for medical appointments and errands
  • Assistance with dressing, bathing and personal grooming

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?

Nationally, as of 2023, assisted living facilities charge a monthly median rate of $5,350 for private one-bedroom apartments. The rate you pay depends largely on the local cost of living as well as a facility’s pricing structure, amenities and size. You may have several options for covering monthly assisted living fees, including taking out a reverse mortgage, using veterans’ benefits or cashing in on life insurance benefits.