They differ from group homes, that are licensed homes for children under age 18 and board and care homes that are licensed homes for adults aged 18 to 59. The State of California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division is responsible for the licensing of residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE).
Assisted Living Homes are residences that are licensed by the State of California to provide care to the elderly aged 60 and over. Besides providing a home and meals, the primary services that assisted living homes provide are assistance with activities of daily living and assistance with taking medication.
Assisted living is an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for seniors, for whom independent living is not appropriate but who do not need the 24-hour medical care provided by a skilled nursing home. We do not have the special medical monitoring equipment hooked up to a bedridden resident that you may find in a nursing home. Assisted living is a philosophy of care and services that promotes independence and dignity for our seniors.
An assisted living resident is an elderly person who needs assistance with at least one, but oftentimes more than one or all, of the activities of daily living and/or medication assistance. A typical assisted living facility resident would usually be a senior citizen who does not need the level of care offered by a nursing home or convalescent home but prefers more companionship and needs some assistance in day-to-day living. Assisted living is long term care where our seniors live in our home for years at a time.