assisted living

as·​sis·​ted living | \ ə-ˈsi-stəd- How to pronounce assisted living (audio) \

Definition of assisted living

: a system of housing and limited care that is designed for senior citizens who need some assistance with daily activities but do not require care in a nursing home often hyphenated when used attributively an assisted-living facility

Examples of assisted living in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What are the costs of assisted living in other states? cleveland, 17 Jan. 2022 The agency was involved in the full spectrum of senior issues, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, nursing homes and assisted living. Christopher Keating,, 16 Dec. 2021 The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has begun a process to revoke a South Florida assisted living home’s license after a 69-year-old woman who went missing ended up dead in a car in the parking lot. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Dec. 2021 The lawsuit also names Baxter Senior Living’s general manager, Keith Rayl, and assisted living home administrator Emily Marler as defendants. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2021 Factors like cost of living and costs of healthcare — especially in-home care, community and assisted living, and nursing home facilities — are very important when considering what are the best states to retire in. Andrew Depietro, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Carr said based on data gathered by AARP and the Commonwealth Fund, 60% to 70% of seniors cannot afford assisted living with those age 75 and older having an annual income of less than $35,000. Philip Potempa,, 11 Oct. 2021 In response to rising COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday that Connecticut will mandate booster shots for workers in nursing homes and assisted living facilities by Feb. 11. Eliza Fawcett,, 6 Jan. 2022 An estimated 5% to 10% of end-stage renal patients live in congregate settings, such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Duaa Eldeib, ProPublica, 28 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of assisted living

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Assisted living.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of assisted living

: a system that provides a place to live and medical care for people (such as elderly or disabled people) who need help with daily activities

assisted living

as·​sist·​ed living | \ ə-ˌsis-təd- How to pronounce assisted living (audio) \

Medical Definition of assisted living

: a system of housing and limited care that is designed for senior citizens who need some assistance with day-to-day activities but are not sufficiently incapacitated to require care in a nursing home and that usually includes private quarters, meals, personal assistance, housekeeping aid, monitoring of medications, and nurses' visits an assisted living facility


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