Assisted living is a catch-all term for managed communities of seniors that are low touch and allow a certain amount of independence. If a senior might need help with day-to-day tasks such as meal preparation or managing medication, but are otherwise healthy enough to get on without dedicated medical care, assisted living might be the right choice.
Assisted living communities are typically arranged as large multi-family complexes where seniors have private rooms, suites, or full apartments to themselves, and have common areas and plenty of activities they can participate in. Depending on the community, there could be different sports and recreational activities available, theaters, cafeterias to eat with peers, and more. Optional off-site excursions are often arranged by the staff as well.
The assisted part of assisted living comes from day-to-day care that would be too difficult, time consuming, or even impossible to manage single-handedly for a senior. Hygiene, laundry, and chores are just a few areas they can get help with.