Assisted Living: Facilities, Financing, and Oversight
January 29, 2013
Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA
This publication briefly describes assisted living facilities that provide long-term services and supports to people with functional or cognitive impairments who do not need the level of skilled nursing care offered in nursing homes but cannot live independently. It also describes selected resident characteristics, reviews cost and financing arrangements, and reviews state responsibilities for regulation and oversight of assisted living facilities.
The National Survey of Residential Care Facilities was conducted in 2010 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). See also two NCHS data briefs:
- Eunice Park-Lee et al., "Residential Care Facilities: A Key Sector in the Spectrum of Long-Term Care Providers in the United States," NCHS Data Brief, No. 78, December 2011
- Christine Caffrey et al., "Residents Living in Residential Care Facilities: United States, 2010," NCHS Data Brief, No. 91, April 2012