assisted living


as·​sis·​ted living ə-ˈsi-stəd- How to pronounce assisted living (audio)
: 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 Uncovering the truth: After 2 Arizona assisted living center tragedies, a reporter told families the full story Searching for answers Brookdale knew Anita’s history., 28 Aug. 2023 Phase 1, completed in 2015, has 120 senior apartments that are independent living, 42 assisted living apartments and 18 memory care apartments. Cathy Kozlowicz, Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2023 More:Woman dies after parking lot shooting near Saline assisted living center While Garza fled the scene in a tan Ford Focus, police responded to the scene and the two victims were transported to a hospital. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2023 Crawford Manor is located in the center of a larger 300-acre gated community, which also includes market rate houses, apartments and assisted living. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2023 The family of a woman who died unexpectedly at a Winter Springs assisted living home is suing the facility, alleging she was threatened by a worker for her bingo money and administrators tried to cover it up. Christopher Cann, Orlando Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2023 The facility provides post-acute care, long-term care, assisted living, Alzheimer's/memory care and outpatient physical therapy, according to its website. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 22 June 2023 Dogs in the common dining area of institutional care facilities like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, etc. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2023 My father’s last decade was one of relentless downsizing, from apartment to assisted living to nursing home, shedding belongings, throwing away clothes and furniture. Paul Ford, WIRED, 15 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of assisted living was in 1966

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“Assisted living.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

assisted living

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