What Is a Type A Assisted Living Facility?

Author: Andrea Miller

Reviewed By: Brindusa Vanta

A Type A assisted living facility is defined differently by some long-term care facilities. Communities typically establish their own levels of care or follow state guidelines where available. In Texas, for example, a Type A facility describes an assisted living community where residents don’t need overnight attendance and have the ability to follow directions in emergencies.

How Does a Type A Assisted Living Facility Differ From Type B and Type C?

In Texas, a Type A assisted living facility differs from Type B and Type C because its residents have the most functional independence. Type B facilities have residents who need nighttime supervision and evacuation assistance in an emergency. They also require help getting in and out of wheelchairs.

A Type C assisted living facility has a license for only four beds. These communities must meet the Texas Health and Human Services guidelines for adult foster care.

What Type of Care Do Assisted Living Residents Receive?

Assisted living residents receive help with activities of daily living, or  ADLs. Examples of ADLs include bathing, dressing, getting around independently and preparing meals. 

Most communities define different levels of care depending on the amount of assistance residents require. For example, people at the lowest level of care often only need help with one ADL, while residents at the highest level of care require assistance with most ADLs.