Assisted living communities provide supportive housing and care to seniors who need some assistance with daily tasks, but who do not require the skilled care provided at a long-term care home. Assisted living is a viable option for adults who are mostly independent, but who require some assistance with day-to-day living, or anticipate needing assistance in the near future.
Assisted living communities come in all shapes and sizes. They can be towering apartment buildings in urban centers, sprawling complexes in the suburbs or more intimate communities catering to a relatively small number of residents, and can be found in most Canadian cities. Residents live in private one-to-two-bedroom apartments, studios or “bachelors units.” Meal-service is included, so kitchenettes are more typical in assisted living units than full kitchens.
Other Names for Assisted Living
- Congregate care
- Independent supportive living
- Retirement care
- Supportive Housing
Assisted Living Features
Typical assisted living features and services include:
- Access to visiting or on-staff health care professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses and physicians
- Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating and mobility
- Health and exercise programs
- Housekeeping and laundry
- Meal service
- Medication management
- Social and recreational activities
- Transportation to appointments and events
Cost of Assisted Living
Assisted living can be subsidized or paid through private pay. Costs will range from $1,500 to $5,000, dependent on location of the community, amenity options, and if medical or health services are needed.
Assisted living costs are dependent on a number of factors:
- Level of luxury
- Services required
- Size of apartment
- Type of residence
Assisted living communities often charge a flat rate that covers many basic services, with additional fees for special services. Other communities will charge a fee for each service on an “a la carte” basis, allowing residents to pay only for services they use. In addition to these charges, entrance fees and deposits may also be required. With so much variation in pricing structures, it’s important to ask the communities you’re touring about costs.