Health Tip: Choosing an Assisted Living Option

When seniors need some help

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(HealthDay News) -- Assisted living housing may be the ideal solution for an aging person who can't quite live alone, but who doesn't need the complete services of a nursing home.

Helpguide.org offers this list of assisted living options:

  • Individual apartments or homes -- which are part of a senior community, where social activity, security and supervision are there if needed.
  • Congregate housing -- which offers independent living in private residences, but with the benefit of community meals and activities.
  • Assisted living housing -- which offers help with some daily activities, such as bathing, dressing and cooking.
  • Board and care housing -- which offers community meals and activities, and assistance with activities such as bathing and grooming, getting dressed and using the toilet.
  • Continuing-care retirement communities -- which are senior-housing complexes that offer a variety of assisted living options, often from independent quarters to nursing facilities.

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