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There are a lot of options when it comes to the types of assisted living facilities.

Assisted living facilities can vary based on factors such as age, disability, and even military veteran status. We’re not talking about retirement homes or nursing homes, but communal facilities that provide some services to help with daily living.

According to the ALFA, or, Assisted Living Federation of America, Assisted Living is defined as,

…a senior living option that combines apartment style housing, organized social interaction, and private duty support services as needed…Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management, or physical assistance with bathing, dressing, and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer’s, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence, or other challenges. -Interim Healthcare

Read more about the different types of assisted living facilities here:

Assisted Living for Non-Seniors

Assisted living isn’t just for seniors.

People of all ages and walks of life may need extra support caring for themselves and completing daily activities. This could be the case with people living with physical injuries or people with mental health conditions that prohibit them from being able to sustain themselves independently of outside care or supervision

Young adults living with mental illness, substance abuse, a mental deficiency, or a physical limitation may quality for adult social services and support, depending on what state they live in…Health insurance may cover some of the treatment if they qualify. -AssistedLivingFacilities.org

This isn’t what one traditionally thinks of when the term “assisted living” comes up, but treatment centers, group homes, and young adult housing facilities all fall under the umbrella of assisted living for non-seniors.

Disability Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Facilities and group homes for those with disabilities aim at serving those with disabilities and conditions that require specific attention and support.

Some residential care facilities provide specialized care to people living with developmental disabilities, dementia, or mental illness. While smaller ones operate by a family, a single person or business partners, it’s set up for profit or not for profit. – AssistedLivingFacilities.org

Many assistant living facilities for those with disabilities provide educational opportunities and training to improve different skills, such as cooking, healthy eating, or money management. These facilities also strive to foster community living so that residents can socialize and go about their lives as normally as they are able.

Assisted Living for Veterans

Veterans who did their best to serve our country should also get the best possible care in assisted living facilities. These assisted living facilities exist to help the large number of American military veterans who need care based on age, disability, or illness.

Within this subset of assisted living facilities, there are even more different housing types available for veterans. From both private to state-run facilities, there are a lot of options when it comes to affordable assisted living for veterans and their spouses.

There are many veteran-specific options when it comes to paying for assisted living. From veteran Medicaid plans to assistance from Veteran Aid, there are lots of resources to help veterans pay for the best assisted living care that they deserve.

Assisted Living 55+

Most seniors in need of assisted living facilities rather than just a retirement home are usually at this crossroad due to some physical limitation that affects daily living.

The goal of these types of facilities is to support residents in completing daily care tasks they struggle with alone and to provide a variety of social activities and foster communal life. Assisted living facilities should have nurses and employees on staff on site to help with medication supervision and to help residents complete regular tasks for daily living and personal care.

For those with more advanced physical disabilities and medical needs, they may acquire a greater level of care not offered by the average assisted living facilities. In these gases, a nursing home might be the best option.


We hope this article helped articulate the different types of assisted living facilities to inform your decision about what senior care facility is best for you or your loved one.

If you have any questions about the services at Green Valley Commons, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions and give you a tour of our residences.

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