Assisted living is a term generally used to describe a broad range of supportive living environments. This level of care is targeted to seniors and handicapped persons who need some form of assistance to continue living independently. Assisted living centers provide a wide range of meal service, housekeeping, laundry, activities assistance with medications, and personal grooming and dressing. Transportation services may also be available. Some facilities offer secured areas or specialized programs for individuals with Alzheimers Disease or related dementia. Some facilities offer rooms while others are equiped with private apartments with kitchenettes. In the state of Tennessee, assisted living communities ca be licensed as Residential or Institutional Homes for the Aged, or as Assisted Care Living Facilities. Typically, more nursing services and assistance will be provided in Assisted Care Living Facilities, but this is not always the case. The Assisted Living and Care industry is a new and rapidly growing industry with many new services and facilities entering the marketplace. It is recommended that consumers visit and review various facility operations to determine various services
offered as well as costs of services. Consumers should also call the Board of Licensing Health Care Facilities at 615-532-3202 to obtain current licensing information on individual facilities.