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How to Understand Assisted Living Facilities or Alternative Housing for the Elderly?

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

By Humberto Fortuna MA MS

How to Understand Assisted Living Facilities or Alternative Housing for the Elderly?

How to Understand Assisted Living Facilities or Alternative Housing for the Elderly?
How to Understand Assisted Living Facilities or Alternative Housing for the Elderly?

When Assisted Living Facilities were first created, they were more like a Retirement community.

BUT NOT NOW. 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 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.

How to Understand Assisted Living Facilities or Alternative Housing for the Elderly?
How to Understand Assisted Living Facilities or Alternative Housing for the Elderly?

For more information, please contact Placement Counselors Corp. as a FREE service. Our Counselors specialize in a specific areas in South Florida. You will be directed to the correct counselor who knows your desired area of search and will not just be guessing or recommending a facility from a list or a directory.

We are committed to providing a comprehensive Assisted Living Placement Service at no charge to our clients. Contact us at pcc@placementcounselors.com or call us at 954 965 2925 / 305 931 0618 or 561 321 4337


Placement Counselors Corp network with several local and nations organizations like Area Agency on Aging of Broward County, Elder Affairs and ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) Adult Protective Services, etc. PCC provides information and assistance about state and federal benefits, as well as available local programs and services to most hospitals in Florida as part of our ongoing networking such as:

Broward Health Hospitals: https://www.browardhealth.org/

Celebrating 85 years of individualized care for the people who call South Florida home.

How to Understand Assisted Living Facilities or Alternative Housing for the Elderly?
How to Understand Assisted Living Facilities or Alternative Housing for the Elderly?

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These days, Retirement Homes or Senior Living Facilities are the most searchable words online, as families are looking for an Alternative Housing or a place for Mom, Dad or a loved one. Many times, families begin their online search with sentences like, Elder Care Home Services or In- Home Services for Seniors as an alternative to Assisted Living Facility or a Nursing Home. Families are starting to realize that In-home care for the elderly is not always the best choice financially. That’s when families begin to search for an Assisted Living Facility near them, without understanding what to ask or look for, or what they really need, based on the care, budget, and geographical needs.

At times, a Medicaid Nursing Home is recommended or is the appropriate choice for a specific moment. Whatever your situation may be, Placement Counselors Corp. can be your Senior Advisor for all your senior care assistance needs. We have over 25 years of experience in the tri- county area of Southeast Florida, Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County. Just remember we are a Local Counselors Agency in Florida, and we are a phone call away.

55+ MAGAZINE a preferred bi lingual magazine for Baby Boomers, seniors and their Caregivers. 55+ Magazine has become the baby boomers publication of choice, as the free bi lingual senior magazine publication of South Florida. This free senior magazine publication of South Florida is full of information on services, assistance, products and resources for senior citizens, Baby Boomer’s, health care professionals and caregivers. As a free senior magazine publication originated in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and as a magazine dedicated to the baby boomers, 55+ Magazine free senior publication offers valuable bi lingual information on retirement living, assisted and independent living included but not limited to Palm Beach, Broward and Fort Lauderdale area with the support and participation of the following collaborators: www.browardassistedliving.us, www.palmbeachassistedliving.us, www.floridaassistedliving.us , www.placementcounselors.com.

55+ Magazine is distributed in over 300 locations in Southeast Florida, hospitals, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, social service agencies and organizations for older adults.

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