The Basics

Assisted Living: Facilities, Financing, and Oversight
January 29, 2013


Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA


This publication briefly describes assisted living facilities that provide long-term services and supports to people with functional or cognitive impairments who do not need the level of skilled nursing care offered in nursing homes but cannot live independently. It also describes selected resident characteristics, reviews cost and financing arrangements, and reviews state responsibilities for regulation and oversight of assisted living facilities.

Related Materials

The National Survey of Residential Care Facilities was conducted in 2010 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). See also two NCHS data briefs:

↑ back to top

Browse Topics Side ArrowDown Arrow