1,000 Different Care Models – The Expanding Role of Assisted Living

With so many options available, it's easier than ever to find an assisted living community that meets your needs and preferences.

In the past, assisted living was typically viewed as a bridge between independent living and nursing homes. However, in recent years, the assisted living model has been expanded to include a wider range of services and care options. This includes a greater emphasis on home-like environments, and more personalized care services, that are built around increasingly niche characteristics such as ethnicity, language, and lifestyle choices.

Indeed, assisted living has come a long way in recent years, evolving from a one-size-fits-all model to a more personalized and diverse system of care. As Dr. Bill Thomas has said, “We have come from the 1,000 bed facilities to increasingly personal – niche levels of care.” We have moved from the 1,000 bed model toward 1,000 different care models. 

The traditional assisted living model typically involves shared living spaces and a limited range of services, but today’s assisted living communities offer a wide variety of options to meet the needs of different residents.

One of the biggest changes in assisted living is the shift towards more home-like environments. Many assisted living communities now offer private apartments or small cottages, with amenities such as kitchenettes and private bathrooms. This allows residents to maintain a sense of independence and privacy, while still receiving the support they need.

Another trend in assisted living is the development of niche environments, such as memory care communities for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, or communities specifically for veterans. These specialized environments provide tailored care and support for the specific needs of these populations.

In addition to the physical environment, assisted living communities are also expanding the range of services they offer. Many now provide specialized care for chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as rehabilitation services. They also offer more recreational and social activities, such as fitness classes, art classes, and pet therapy, to keep residents active and engaged.

Overall, the assisted living model has come a long way in recent years, with a greater focus on personalized care and home-like environments. With so many options available, it’s easier than ever to find an assisted living community that meets your needs and preferences.

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