Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Facilities are for those who need help with their personal care. It is unlikely you would move into one for the sole purpose of dying there. These are most appropriate for people, usually elders, who are fairly independent and make their own decisions about their activities. However, they may need some help with activities like bathing, dressing, preparing food, taking medications, and/or require closer observation.

Aside from monitoring some vital signs, such as weight and temperature, and giving you your medications, they are not involved in your medical care. They will be able to respond in the event that you need care, including:

  • If you need medical services, such as a visiting nurse or having blood drawn, they will arrange for them to come to you;
  • In the event you become very ill arrangements will be made to admit you to the hospital; and/or
  • If/when you are approaching the end of your life, hospice will be allowed to care for you there.

Since assisted living facilities provide much less care, they are generally more affordable. 

  • The monthly cost for a private room may range from $3,150 in Alaska to $6,690 in Delaware.
  • Most are not covered by federal Medicare programs (some state programs do) or most other insurances.

When choosing an assisted living facility, it is most important to consider your level of comfort. Other considerations include the facility, staff, meals, and services.

Click on the download PDF button below for a checklist outlining things you need to consider when choosing an assisted-care facility.