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Admission and Eligibility

Assisted living facilities serve people 18 years of age and older. Individuals may enter an assisted living facility from a private residence, hospital, rehabilitation center, or nursing facility. The admissions process is the same regardless of the person's location prior to admission.

Eligibility is based on an individual's level of care. Assisted living is designed for people who need help with daily activities such as personal care, mobility, medication management, meal preparation and household chores. It is not appropriate for people who need daily nursing services. If an individual's needs cannot be managed in an assisted living facility, a nursing home may be a more suitable setting.

Choosing the right facility is an important process since the facility must provide the appropriate level of care, meet the applicant's needs, be affordable and have an opening when you need it.

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