Assisted living facilities are senior housing options that provide a wide range of services for seniors who need daily support but who can still maintain some independence. Residents live in individual rooms or small apartments, furnished with their own personal belongings, and share dining and common areas with other residents. They may receive a variety of support services, including laundry, housekeeping, transportation, personal care, supervision of medication, and 24-hour emergency response services. Limited nursing care may be available, but it is not the focus of assisted living facilities. Assisted living facilities promote independence and generally provide less intensive medical care than nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities.
A residential facility which provides food service and one or more personal services for four or more adults who require such services or provides extended congregate care, limited nursing services, or limited mental health services when specifically licensed to do so by Agency for Health Care Administration.
Any building(s) or place, whether operated for profit or not, whose owners or managers provide for a period exceeding 24 hours, housing, food service, and one or more personal services for four or more adults, not related to the owners or managers by blood or marriage.