Assisted living communities serve individuals who typically need help with every day activities and some health care services but do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care services for extended periods of time. These communities offer a unique mix of companionship, independence, privacy, and security in a home-like setting. The philosophy of assisted living is built on the concept of delivering person-centered care and services to each individual resident. Person-centered care means that the care and services meet residents’ specific needs and preferences.
The American Health Care Association represents assisted living providers through its National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). NCAL is dedicated to serving the needs of the assisted living community through national advocacy, education, networking, professional development, and quality initiatives.