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  • Tamara Reeves

Aging & Senior Care Options

Who Is a Good Candidate for Assisted Living?

Assisted living falls somewhere between an independent living community and a skilled nursing facility in terms of the level of care provided. If the person in your care is beginning to need help with the basic activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, walking, managing medications, toileting, and eating) — or expects to need that help down the line — she may find this support at a good assisted-living community. If an older adult has a serious medical condition that requires specialized care, assisted living may not be the right choice, although some assisted-living communities do have specialized wings that provide skilled nursing or Alzheimer’s care. offers free, expert help to families coping with the many challenges of caring for an aging loved one. Check these guides for more information.

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