Assisted living is the dimension of senior housing that has seen the most changes over the last 30 years. Originally modeled after nursing homes, assisted living has evolved to be much more home-like. Residents in assisted living don't need the specialized care of a skilled nursing facility, but they do need assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs): bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, ambulating, eating and continence.
Each person has their own apartment. Units may be studio, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom. They usually have a small kitchenette with a small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker so light meals and snacks can be prepared. Otherwise, most meals are served in the common dining room. And let me tell you - the food is delicious! I've had the opportunity to eat at several of these places, and the food is quite good.
Specially trained staff are available in an assisted living facility to help residents with the ADLs. They will help with whichever ADLs the resident needs assistance with. Housekeeping and laundry services are provided.
There are common areas in the assisted living community where residents can gather for activities. The communities usually offer a variety of activities like exercise classes, movie night, craft classes, games, etc. Many communities also have transportation available to take residents to the grocery store, drug store, shopping, and doctor appointments. There's no reason to be bored if you live in one of these communities!