What is Assisted
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) defines
Assisted Living as:
- A special combination of housing, supportive
services, personal assistance, and health services designed to respond to the
individual needs of those who need help with activities of daily living.
- Supportive services are available, 24 hours a day,
to meet scheduled and unscheduled needs, in a way that promotes maximum dignity
and independence for each resident and involves the resident's family,
neighbors, and friends.A special combination of housing, supportive services,
personal assistance, and health services designed to respond to the individual
needs of those who need help with activities of daily living.
What is the philosophy
behind Assisted Living?
- Offering cost-effective quality care personalized
for the individual's needs.
- Fostering independence for each resident.
- Treating each resident with dignity and
- Promoting the individuality of each resident.
- Allowing each resident choice of services and
- Protecting each resident's right to privacy.
- Nurturing the spirit of each resident.
- Involving family and friends in service planning
- Providing a safe, residential environment.
- Making the Assisted Living residence a valuable
How is assisted living
Regulations and licensure requirements vary from state to
state, contributing to a wide range of senior housing models that are
considered assisted living.
Iowa law requires assisted living programs
to be certified and monitored by the Department of Inspections and Appeals
Further information on certification can be obtained from
Department of Elder Affairs at 515-242-3338 or 800-532-3213.
about assisted living programs are filed with the Department of Inspection and
Appeals at 877-686-0027. Information regarding re-certification surveys and
complaint history can be obtained at 515-242-3338 or 800-532-3213.
How many assisted living residences are there?
While there is no information on the exact number of Assisted Living
residences in America today, estimates range from 30,000 to 40,000.
Approximately one million individuals live in Assisted Living residences.
Residences may be free standing or housed with other residential options, such
as independent living or nursing care. They may be operated by nonprofit or
for-profit companies. Most facilities have between 25 and 120 units. Units may
vary in size from one room to a full apartment.
Who lives in assisted living
Assisted living residence must be 55 years of age or older
or have a disability that negates living alone. They may require only
intermittent or part-time health related care. A typical community member is 85
or older, female and either widowed or single. Our residents may suffer from
Alzheimer's disease or other memory disorders. Windsor Manor's Assisted Living
Program is designed for residents who range from semi-independent persons who
need some support to moderately dependent persons who require some assistance
with activities of daily living (ADLs).