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When Assisted Living Facilities were first created, they were more like a Retirement community. If a person had incontinence issues or required more personal care, they would have to leave the facility and go to a Skilled Nursing Home. Eventually, the government and the healthcare industry worked together to create regulated communities to provide appropriate care in order to meet the needs of each individual.

Once the Assisted Living Facilities were established, the need for other types of alternative housing came to light such as Independent Living, Adult Family Care Homes and Alzheimer-Dementia Units. In Florida, small, six bed facilities (private homes) are gaining popularity due to the fact that they can provide even more personalized care. They are licensed and regulated by the same agencies that govern all of the Assisted Living Facilities, regardless of size.

Many people do not completely understand the concept of, or what is actually offered in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF).

A prospective candidate is usually in need of at least one or more Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Some of the ADLs are showering, dressing, toileting and medication management. The staff of an ALF is trained to provide assistance with all of those ADLs along with housekeeping, laundry, transportation and social activities.  

Most facilities are paid for by private, “out of pocket” funds. However, financial assistance can be found through the Veteran’s Administration, Long Term Care Insurance, and state programs, if certain requirements are met.

Overall, the best way to describe Assisted Living is to think of it as a bridge between living at home and living in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Assisted Living has a residential focus with a home-like environment while a Nursing Home is primarily a medical institution.

Placement Counselors has been helping families find placement for their loved ones since 1999. We provide experienced counselors who have been in the healthcare field for over 20 years and are knowledgeable in all aspects of placement including all financial programs available.


On a personal note……..

Many families feel they want to keep their loved one “at home” for as long as possible. The truth is, keeping them home may not be in their best interest. If left at home alone or with just one caregiver for only a few hours a day, Mom or Dad will not get the social interaction they need.

The most important thing is to never compromise the care of your loved one. If being “home” can no longer provide the adequate care physically and emotionally, then it’s time to give them what they are so deserving of………a carefully chosen Assisted Living Facility. •


55+ MAGAZINE is the preferred free bilingual magazine for baby boomers, seniors and their caregivers in Southeast Florida. This free senior magazine is full of information on services, assistance, products and resources for senior citizens, baby boomers, healthcare professionals and caregivers. As a free senior publication originated in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, and as a magazine dedicated to baby boomers, 55+ Magazine offers valuable bilingual information on retirement living, assisted and independent living including, but not limited to, the Palm Beach, Broward and Fort Lauderdale area. 55+ Magazine is distributed in limited drugstores, hospitals, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, social service agencies and organizations for older adults.