In California, the term “assisted living facility” is basically the same
thing as a “residential care facility for the elderly” (RCFE). These types
of facilities are non-health care facilities that are regulated by
California's Department of Social Services and not California's
Department of Health Services (which regulates health care facilities
such as Skilled Nursing Facilities).
Assisted living facilities provide residents with many different aspects
of care. Some of these include supervision and assistance with
activities of daily living; coordination of services by outside health care
providers; and monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their
health, safety, and well-being. Assistance may include the
administration or supervision of medication, or personal care services
provided by a trained personnel.
Assisted living is an elder care alternative that provides care for
residents who cannot live independently in a private residence, but
who do not need the 24-hour medical care provided by a nursing
home. Assisted living tries to provide care and services while also
promoting a resident's independence and dignity.