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Assisted Living facilities come in many forms and variations. In 2011, there were 6,921 professionally managed assisted living facilities in the United States. In general, they provide room and board, social and recreational activities, and help with personal care and other activities of daily living. Residents pay for the cost of medical and nursing services separately. The following services are generally available: :

  • Some help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as eating, bathing, and using the bathroom, taking medicine, and getting to appointments as needed (varies by facility).
  • Residents often live in their own room or apartment within a building or group of buildings and have some or all of their meals together.
  • Social and recreational activities are usually provided. Some assisted living facilities have health services on site.
  • Residents usually pay a monthly rent and then pay additional fees for extra services they receive.

Costs for assisted living facilities can vary widely depending on the size of the living areas, services provided, type of help needed, and geographic location.


In 2001, the typical cost for an assisted living facility ranged from $900 to $3,000 per month, but costs can be higher in urban areas or in upscale facilities.

Last modified on 02/18/2020