Assisted living facilities are one type of residential care option for older adults. In this article, we’ll define the term “assisted living facility” and explain how they relate to nursing home abuse.
Assisted living facilities are a good choice for people who need more personal care services than they can get at home or in an independent living community, but don’t need the 24-hour medical care and supervision of a nursing home. In this way, assisted living facilities seek to strike a good balance between safety, security, and independence.
Assisted living facilities offer a number of benefits, including:
Most assisted living facilities to include accommodations and services such as:
Residence options vary from converted homes to apartments to single bedrooms to shared bedrooms depending on the cost and the facility’s offerings.
Assisted living facilities are recommended for people to whom the following statements apply:
The cost of assisted living facilities depends on a number of factors including the level of care required, the location, and the type of housing. The median annual cost of assisted living facilities in the United States was $51,600 in 2021. Residents can stay for a long-term stay or as little as one month. Note that standard Medicare coverage does not pay for assisted living facilities.
Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are not the same things. Nursing homes are more focused on providing medical and personal care, and the setting may feel more clinical. In contrast, assisted living facilities to provide mostly personal care and the setting is more home-like and social.
That being said, residents of assisted living facilities and their loved ones should still be aware of the risks of abusive conduct within the facility. This is defined as any intentional harm or injury done to a resident.
If you or somebody close to you have experienced abuse in an assisted living facility, it’s important to report it to the proper authorities as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to speak to a nursing home abuse attorney, who may be able to use their expertise to help you determine whether you might have a legal case and can recover compensation for your injuries and suffering.