Personal Care Homes and Assisted Living Communities

Personal care homes include any dwelling that provides or arranges housing, food
service, and one or more personal services for two or more adults who are not related to
the owner or administrator by blood or marriage. Personal services include but are not
limited to individual assistance with and supervision of self-administered medications and essential activities or daily living such as eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting.

An Assisted Living Community is a personal care home that is licensed to serve 25 or more residents and offers assisted living care which includes personal services such as bathing, shaving, brushing teeth, combing hair, toileting, dressing, eating, walking, transferring from place to place, laundering, cleaning, managing money, writing letters, shopping, etc., administration of medications by certified medication aides and assisted self-preservation for the residents of the community.

"Self-preservation" is the ability to respond to an emergency condition and escape the emergency without any hands-on assistance from staff. The resident may be able to walk, either unaided or aided by prosthesis, brace, cane, crutches, walker or use of hand rails, or by transferring and propelling themselves in a wheelchair.

“Assisted self-preservation” is the capacity of a resident to be evacuated from the residence to safety within an established time period. Assisted self-preservation is a function of all of the following: 

  • the condition of the resident
  • the assistance that is available to be provided to the resident based on the staffing of the assisted living community
  • the building structure in which the assisted living community is housed, including whether state fire safety requirements are met.

Fees for personal care homes and assisted living communities are paid by the resident out of their own resources and, depending on the type of home and amenities, may cost upwards of several thousands of dollars a month.


See this 2 page fact sheet on Personal Care Homes:

click to open the Personal Care Homes Fact Sheet

To help older adults and caregivers find services, ARC has developed an extensive database of aging services providers in the Atlanta region. 


To obtain more information on specific communities that are available locally, call the AgeWise Connection at 404-463-3333


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