Author: Jackie Smart
Reviewed By: Brindusa Vanta

The care provided in assisted living includes housekeeping and laundry services, meal preparation and assistance with the activities of daily living. When older adults can no longer live safely at home or require assistance to live independently, they can find the assistance they need by joining over 815,000 seniors residing in assisted living communities.

Personal Care Services

Approximately 30,600 assisted living facilities exist in the United States, from communities with single-family homes for just a few seniors to multi-acre complexes housing hundreds of residents. These facilities offer amenities, staff and personal care services that older adults require, helping them live as independently as possible. Assisted living communities employ caregivers specially trained in providing care to older adults, with many having a registered or licensed nurse on staff. This enables them to offer specialized care tailored to the needs of each resident. 

Assistance With the Activities of Daily Living

Less than 3.5% of adults aged 65 to 74 require assistance with the activities of daily living, but that increases to 20.7% of those aged 85 and older, according to data from 2023. As such, assisted living communities provide the help residents need with the following basic activities of daily life:

  • Personal hygiene, such as bathing, grooming and dental hygiene
  • Dressing
  • Ambulating and mobility
  • Toileting
  • Continence
  • Eating

Other Services Assisted Living Offers

In addition to assistance with personal care, many assisted living communities offer other services that support residents and make their lives more comfortable.

Medication Management

Facilities providing medication management help organize pill schedules and ensure seniors take their medication as prescribed.

Dining Services and Meal Preparation

Typically, residents gather in a communal dining room for three daily meals, encouraging socialization and creating a sense of community. A dietitian often oversees the menus and chefs cater to dietary needs, such as reduced fat, low sodium and pureed food.

Transportation

Transportation services help residents go shopping, attend medical appointments and participate in off-site excursions.

Housekeeping, Laundry and Maintenance

Maintenance, housekeeping and laundry services remove the burden of household chores from seniors while ensuring living spaces remain clean and comfortable.

Social and Recreational Activities

Assisted living facilities organize activities and events to help residents remain physically, mentally and socially engaged with the community and their peers. These may include age-appropriate fitness classes, games, arts and crafts, holiday and birthday celebrations and group excursions.