Consumer Resources

Today, almost a million residents enjoy the benefits of assisted living communities. Residents choose these communities, because they like to remain active and fully engaged. They value the lifestyle, the abundance of choices, the independence, the dignity, and the quality of life that senior living residents live everyday. Assisted living is increasingly the preferred senior living option for individuals looking for home and community-based alternatives to institutionalized care or to living in complete solidarity. This consumer push has, since 2004, increased the supply of licensed communities by 6% nationally.

Nationwide Facts About Assisted Living

  • Approximately 1,000,000 seniors live in assisted living communities across the United States.
  • There are over 38,000 licensed assisted living communities in the United States.
  • 87 is the average age of a resident in an assisted living community.
  • The average length of stay in an assisted living facility is two to three years.
  • Assisted living communities have some of the highest consumer satisfaction ratings among long term care and health care facilities at over 90%  satisfaction. 

Who Benefits from Assisted Living Communities?

  • Assisted Living communities primarily serve seniors who require assistance with everyday activities such as meal preparation, medication management,  transportation, and personal care (dressing, bathing, etc.).
  • Assisted living communities also provide care for residents with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias.
  • Seniors who can no longer live alone and have no one to assist them at home often turn to these communities. 

What are Assisted Living Communities?

Assisted living communities offer supportive amenities, services, and care in a residential setting with the comforts of home. They have trained staff available 24/7, various dietary options, a variety of activities, and give a peace of mind for your loved one. Assisted living communities vary in number of residents served, physical attributes of the building, and a variety of neighborhood settings. Prospective residents should be sure to tour more than just one to select the one that is right for your wellbeing, care, safety, and support.

What Types of Care are Offered?

Some of the types of assistance offered in assisted living communities are personal care supports such as dressing, bathing, grooming, medications, meals, and mobility. Residents may utilize care from outside of the community if needed for specialized care like hospice, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other services.

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Upcoming VALA Events

VALA is proud to offer upcoming events, webinars, and meetings for assisted living administrators, regional staff members, caregivers, nurses, and other staff members. Several of the events will offer a variety of continuing education credits dependent upon the topics (i.e. NAB, Nursing, Social Work). Check the VALA Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities.