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Assisted Living Community Profile

Number of Communities - In 2010, there were 31,100 communities nationwide with the capacity of 971,900 individuals. 1

SizeAbout 50 percent of all the communities were considered small with four to 10 beds. Sixteen percent of the communities had 11 to 25 beds, and 28 percent were categorized as large communities with 26 to 100 beds. The smallest percentage (7%) are extra large communities with more than 100 beds. (2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities is based on communities with four or more beds.) Only 10 percent of all residents live in small communities. 2

Fee Structures - The costs for assisted living residences vary based on the geographical location of the community, and the types of services being provided. For a private, one bedroom, the national median monthly rate is $3,500. In general, costs for Alzheimer's care will be more.  (2012 MetLife Market Survey Long Term Care and Genworth 2014 Cost of Care Survey)  About half of the assisted living communities use a tiered-pricing model for bundled services, 24 percent use all-inclusive rate model, and 17 percent use a fee-for-service model.1

Services - Assisted living residences typically provide or coordinate

  • 24-hour supervision;
  • Three meals a day plus snacks in a group dining room; and
  • A range of services that promote resident quality of life and independence, including:
    • Personal care services (help with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, etc.);
    • Various health care services;
    • Medication management;
    • Social services;
    • Supervise person with cognitive disabilities;
    • Social and religious activities;
    • Arrangements for transportation;
    • Laundry and linen service; and;
    • Housekeeping and maintenance.

Fire Safety - Ninety-seven percent of assisted living facilities built after 1996 have sprinklers in resident rooms and in common areas. Almost 100 percent have smoke detectors in residents' rooms and in common areas. 1

Sources: 1Overview of Assisted Living," published by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, American Seniors Housing Association, Assisted Living Federation of American, National Center for Assisted Living, and National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry, reflects NCAL's philosophy of assisted living. 2 Data also from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities. The National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief No. 91.


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