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This group living arrangement provides help with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, and using the bathroom, taking medicine, and getting to appointments as needed. 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. Costs for assisted living facilities can vary widely depending on the size of the living areas, services provided, type of help needed, and where the building is located. Residents usually pay a monthly rent and then pay additional fees for the services that they get. In 2001, the typical cost of living in an assisted living facility ranged from $900 to $3,000 per month, but costs can be higher in urban areas or in upscale facilities.

You may also find more information about assisted living facilities in your area from the Administration on Aging (AoA) website.

Other resources may also be helpful to you. They include the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).

Page Last Updated: September 16, 2008

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