Assisted Living Basics

Assisted living facilities are for people who only need assistance with a few routine task. Most people opt for assisted living over nursing homes because they don't need the around the clock monitoring and want to maintain their independent living. There are over 1 million individuals in the country living in over 25,000 assisted living facilities. The average age of an assisted living resident is between 80 to 85. Assisted living residents typically stay in the home for anywhere between 2-5 years and then move into a nursing home as their health worsens.

Some of the typical services provided by facilities are:

Cost of Assisted Living

The cost assisted living ranges from location and amount of care required. You can expect to pay at least $1,800 a month for assisted living. Certain higher end communities can cost more than $5,000 a month, but the average is typically between $1,800 to $2,500 a month.