Assisted Living or Residential Care
People who need assistance on a daily basis may consider moving into an assisted living residence or a licensed residential care facility. Both types of accommodation are regulated under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act; however, there are some key differences between them.
What is the Difference Between Assisted Living and a Licensed Residential Facility?
Assisted living residences and licensed residential care facilities both provide housing and services.
The key differences include:
- The number and level of services provided on a daily basis;
- The number of staff to assist people;
- Whether a person is able to make decisions on their own behalf; and,
- Whether a person can evacuate safely and independently in an emergency.
Assisted living residences are intended for persons who are independent and require day-to-day assistance in one or two areas (e.g. medications, bathing or life skills). People in licensed residential care may require more assistance on a daily basis and with complex health care needs.