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Assisted Living or Shared Housing Establishment?

In Illinois, 'Assisted Living Facility' and 'Shared Housing Establishment' describe almost the same sort of facility.
 

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Assisted Living and licensed Shared Housing Establishment are possible choices for seniors that need a residence or home that provides help with daily living and personal care, but don't yet need the greater medical care of a nursing home.

Residents live in their own small apartment, but are provided with support services such as meals, housekeeping, laundry, and some assistance with everyday living activities. Payment for these services is usually out of the resident's own funds. Medicare does not support Assisted Living at the time of this writing.

Assisted Living residences and Shared Housing Establishments are similar in their basic structure. Both provide a place for seniors that need a residence or home that provides help with daily living and personal care, but don't yet need the greater medical care of a nursing home.

ALF's and SHE's must meet the same basic requirements for services. The Shared Housing Establishment, however, has somewhat different requirements relating to physical environment and staffing.

ALFs vary in size, from single family homes with only a few residents to larger communities with hundreds of residents. They can be freestanding or part of a retirement community or a continuing care community. They can be independent or affiliated with a nursing home.

The Illinois Legal Aid Online webpage about Assisted Living and Shared Housing was used as a background source for some of information in this article. You can visit their webpage at Senior Citizens Handbook - Assisted Living and Shared Housing.



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