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What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities are a safe environment where you can enjoy an independent lifestyle with the care you need when you need it. You’ll have help with the daily tasks of life, like managing your medications, dressing and bathing as well as services like housekeeping and dining. Because most communities handle the chores and meals, you can spend more time pursuing your hobbies, enjoying fun social events and making new friends.

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A Few of the Best Things About Assisted Living

If you're looking for a community where you can join a cooking class, take an art workshop or go on a shopping trip with new friends, then assisted living might be the right fit for you. You can enjoy a spacious senior living apartment and access to large common rooms and dining rooms where you can participate in fun social activities and savor delicious meals. And most communities are pet-friendly, too, so Fido can come with you. 

Our amenities vary from location to location, but most of our assisted living communities provide the following services: 

  • Senior living apartments in various shapes, sizes and floor plans
  • Enriching activities, programs and events that focus on physical fitness, mental health, social gatherings and creative pursuits
  • Nutritious and flavorful meals and snacks served in a restaurant-style dining room three times a day
  • Staff is on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Hassle-free living with housekeeping, laundry services and property maintenance
  • Assistance with personal grooming, medication management, mobility and more

We can provide you with personalized care.

You and your neighbor have different needs, so why should your service plans look the same?

We want to make sure you get the quality care you need, so you can enjoy your independence. That’s why we designed a personal service system that allows us to customize your care, if you live in an assisted living or memory care community.

Our service and clinical guidelines allow us to meet your daily needs with the right care at the right time, delivered by the right people.

With our personalized service system, you can live your life the way you want with the right care.

The best part is that your individualized plan means you only pay for the services you need. And we’re flexible. If your circumstances change down the road, your service plan and the cost can change too.

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Personalized Service System

Our assessment tool helps us plan for the care and services you need, so our care associates can clearly understand your preferences and how to support you.

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“We looked at about 10 different retirement communities. But then we looked here — and that was it. Done deal. We moved in and haven’t regretted it one bit. It’s been great.”


Ann
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Common Questions About Assisted Living

Assisted living communities are designed for seniors who need a little extra help with activities like managing medication, bathing and dressing. Residents usually have their own apartment that they can decorate as they wish and have access to community amenities like dining programs, social activities and more.

Skilled nursing communities are supportive environments that provide healthcare resources like physical, occupational and speech therapy. At Brookdale, our skilled nursing team provides round-the-clock nursing care seven days a week.

It’s okay if you don’t know which level of care you or your loved one needs. Our assisted living communities can do an assessment to determine the right amount of care for you.

Knowing when the time is right can be a little tricky since everyone’s circumstances are a little different. Generally speaking, assisted living is a great option for seniors who could benefit from assistance with the daily tasks of life, like personal grooming or managing medication. Community life is also ideal for seniors who want to live in a place that provides social activities with people in their same stage of life.

The cost of assisted living varies widely depending on where you live, the type of apartment you choose and the level of care you need. One of the benefits of living at a Brookdale community is that you only pay for the care services you need, which means you can almost always find something that fits within your budget. 

Medicare and other federal programs typically don’t cover the cost of assisted living. You will likely need to pay with personal savings, assets or long-term care insurance. Learn more about alternatives to out-of-pocket payments on our Financial Considerations page.

Some of our assisted living communities have different guidelines, but you are often welcome to bring personal belongings and furnishings to make your new space feel more like home. We always encourage our residents to personalize their apartment so it feels comfortable, inviting and relaxing.

We offer a variety of room sizes and floor plans so you can choose the one that’s right for you. The styles vary between communities, but floor plan options include studio apartments and one, two or three bedroom apartments. Each apartment includes a private bathroom, and some feature a kitchenette. Couples can usually live in the same apartment, but it’s wise to check with the community first.

You are not required to have a car to live at one of our communities. We provide scheduled transportation services so you can run errands and make your appointments without dealing with the hassle of driving and parking. However, if you still want to drive, many of our communities allow residents to have cars.

Pets are an important part of the family, which is why most of our communities are pet-friendly. Be sure to check with your individual community before you arrive in case there are weight or breed restrictions.

We try to welcome as many individuals as possible, but our number one priority is a resident’s health. If we believe a senior needs more care than we can provide, we can make suggestions for an alternative care solution.

No problem! We have trained staff members who can help with medication management. If you could benefit from this kind of service, just let the staff at the community know and they can help you out.

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Find the Right Assisted Living Community
Find the Right Assisted Living Community
Further Reading

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