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Talking about Assisted Living

Posted by Gayle Young on Sep 21, 2020 9:00:00 AM

From our experience, we know that some older adults feel put off by the term “assisted living.” The phrase could conjure up concerns about being perceived as helpless for someone unfamiliar with the services. But as people learn more, they begin to recognize how they might benefit from assisted living. Here, then, is some information you might find helpful.

Defining Assisted Living

The older we get, the more likely it becomes that we will need help performing essential aspects of daily activity (ADLs). ADLs are everyday self-care functions, such as eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, walking, toileting, and changing positions (ambulating). Difficulty completing one or more ADLs can often indicate that a person would benefit from assisted living services. More than half of American seniors experience some diminished ADL capacity.

Longterm assisted living affords a combination of housing, personal care, and healthcare to individuals in ways that help in maintaining their independence. Services are provided in freestanding communities, inside skilled nursing homes or hospitals, as components of continuing care retirement communities, or within independent housing complexes.

Assisted living communities, such as Sunset House and Sunset Village, offer residential settings with 24-hour personal care services, health-related services, and life-enriching activities. Nurses and nursing assistants, as well as other caregivers, are available on-site around the clock. Assessments performed before admission determine each resident’s appropriate level of care.

Assisted Living Costs

For many older adults, affordability is a significant factor when considering a transition to assisted living. Costs vary depending on the level of care required and on the accommodations and amenities selected.

Assisted living residences typically range from studio, one, or two-bedroom apartments to private living quarters.

Here at Sunset, most residents pay a monthly fee covering their general living expenses, including rent, meals, housekeeping, utilities, and social activities. Residents have the option to pay more for additional amenities—such as personal laundry services, dry cleaning, and trips to the in-house hair salon. The pay-as-you-go model allows Sunset residents to tailor their living arrangements to their needs, preferences, and budgets.

If you have questions about senior living costs, please contact our experts for guidance.

Common Misconceptions

Transitioning to assisted living from a beloved home can stir emotional issues. Facing unwarranted fears and stereotypes becomes even more difficult when you have misinformation.

One common concern among seniors considering assisted living is that they will get bored. In reality, Sunset residents typically find themselves becoming more active once they get here.

Residents can choose from a variety of engaging activities such as social get-togethers and instructional classes. Residents can partake in hobbies such as gardening and painting, or join in group exercise programs. At Sunset, we strive to help residents remain as active as they wish.

When thinking about assisted living, many people associate assisted living with losing their independence. But that is rarely the case. For example, Sunset House and Sunset Village residents can choose their floorplans, bring their pets, decorate with favorite furniture pieces, and come and go as they please.


In 1995, the National Center for Assisted Living established National Assisted Living Week®. The annual observation is a unique opportunity for assisted living residents, their families and friends, healthcare workers, volunteers, and local communities to reflect on the vital care available to older adults and individuals with disabilities. This year’s observance occurred the week of September 13-19.

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Topics: Long-term Care, Senior Living, Aging, Sunset Village, Sunset House, Assisted Living, Caregiving, Level of Care, Activities of Daily Living