How Connecticut Officially Defines Assisted Living

One of the things that I’ve realized over the years is that many families and seniors who need assisted living, don’t quite know that assisted living is the best choice for them.  There is often a lot of confusion around what assisted living is, what it provides, general services you can expect, costs and expenses, and how assisted living compares to other forms of senior care, such as congregate housing, supportive living, independent living and others.

To add to the confusion, each state generally will define assisted living care slightly, or completely differently from other states.  Some states don’t even officially recognize the term ‘assisted living’ but will instead use terms such as ‘Adult Foster Care’ which, to me, can be another source of confusion, especially for families researching care remotely, from another state.

So, I always like to point our users to the “official definition’ if there is one, and for Connecticut, it’s on their State Department of Aging site:

Here is a screen-shot of the site’s definition for assisted living:


The site also offers information and definitions for Congregate Care, Continuing Care, Residential Care Homes, and many other categories.

I always recommend visiting a state’s Department on Aging site, as there is often times highly useful and important information and data on facilities, that is not cluttered by the usual, commercial nonsense found on many other sites.

Learn more about Connecticut assisted living:



One thought on “How Connecticut Officially Defines Assisted Living

  1. David Post author

    Mia, this page explains a lot: and has definitions for each. If grandma has trouble with any or all of the activities of daily living, then assisted living is probably more applicable. Independent living is a lot more “independent” as the name implies. Also, if grandma seems like the future may see a decline in health and mobility, then assisted living again, is probably a better choice.