There are generally four types of living situations: independent living, personal care, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. Assisted living provides an “age in place” ability to move in, purchase the services needed and keep increasing services through personal care, skilled care and end of life care. Personal care provides services only between independent living and skilled care, but if a person does not need skilled care, end of life hospice care can be procured.
In a personal care facility, a resident receives assistance with the activities of daily living as needed, such as personal hygiene, medication management, socialization opportunities, meals, housekeeping, laundry, etc. When a physician determines that a person needs a higher level of care (skilled nursing or SNF), the resident must move out of a personal care facility.