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Needed but did not get assisted living, past 12 months

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NOTASSTLIVE indicates whether the person needed but did not get assisted living during the past 12 months. NOTASSTLIVE reports responses to the question, "During the past 12 months, was there a time when [person] needed any kind of the following services, but did not get them ... assisted living?" The question was intended to determine whether access to this specific type of health care was restricted at any time during the previous year, for any reason.

Definition of Assisted Living

The Field Representative's Manual for 2001 contains a detailed definition of assisted living.


Assisted living is one of many options disabled and/or older adults and their families have following loss of physical or cognitive functions. It is an alternative to maintaining a residence without personal care services or one without interior modifications. Assisted living is an industry term that includes many forms of multi-unit housing and different levels of personal services.

Assisted living is part of a spectrum of long term care services that provides a combination of housing, personal services, and health care designed to respond to individuals who need help with normal daily activities in a way that promotes maximum independence. The services and activities provided or arranged for in assisted living residences generally include: 24-hour supervision; Three meals a day in a group dining room; and A range of services that promote the quality of life and independence of the individual, such as: Personal care services, (help with eating, bathing, dressing, etc.); Social services; Supervision and assistance for persons with Alzheimer's or other dementias and disabilities; Medication management, or assist(ance) with self-administration of medicine; Social and religious activities; Exercise and recreational activities; Arrangements for transportation; Laundry and linen service; and Housekeeping and maintenance. Unless units are part of a continuing care environment or 'life care' community, an assisted living facility does not offer health care services as part of its own operation and for safety reasons requires residents to be able to evacuate their personal living quarters in the event of an emergency.

Related Variables 

NOTCARE indicates whether the person needed medical care or surgery but did not get it during the past 12 months. Other variables indicating specific types of medical care that the person needed but did not receive during the past 12 months include: NOTADULTDAY (for adult day care); NOTDENTAL (for dental services); NOTGLASS (for eyeglasses); NOTHOMCARE (for home health care); NOTHOSPICE (for hospice care); NOTMEDS (for prescription medications); NOTMENTAL (for mental health services); and NOTNURSHOME for nursing home care.


This variable is only available for 2001.


  • 2001: Persons age 18+.


  • 2001