Assistance may include the administration or supervision of medication, or personal care services provided by a trained staff person.
Assisted living as it exists today emerged in the 1990s as an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for people, normally seniors, for whom Independent living is no longer appropriate but who do not need the 24-hour medical care provided by a nursing home.
Assisted living is a philosophy of care and services promoting independence and dignity.
Within the United States assisted living spectrum, there is no nationally recognized definition of assisted living.
Assisted Living facilities are regulated and licensed at the US state level. More than two-thirds of the states use the licensure term "assisted living."
Other licensure terms used for this philosophy of care include Residential Care Home, Assisted Care Living Facilities, and Personal Care Homes.