Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
A younger woman having a conversation with an older woman.



How to Cite

Smith, Suzanna. 2012. “Choosing an Assisted Living Facility: FAR6017/FM434, 4/2012”. EDIS 2012 (7). Gainesville, FL.


“Assisted living facilities are a type of housing for frail elders and people with physical and mental disabilities who don’t need nursing care but cannot live independently. These residences offer personal care, health care, around-the-clock supervision, and other services. With a wide variety of facilities out there, selecting a residence may be difficult.” This 2-page Family Album Radio transcript was written by Suzanna Smith and published by the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, April 2012.


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