Balancing Independent Living and Moderate Care

A Managed Residential Community (MRC), sometimes called “assisted living”, gives residents independent living with a moderate level of care services available. The MRC provides an apartment with non-medical services to residents who need them. Assisted living facilities are available for individuals who need nursing care and monitoring.

Eligibility Requirements

Each MRC has its own eligibility requirements. Interested tenants are assessed in terms of their level of need and ability to pay. Assisted living is an option for people who need some assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Services are available primarily for people aged 55 and older.


MRC units have a private unit and a full bathroom within a communal setting. Residents are also provided with services including:

  • Housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, chores and meals
  • Transportation
  • Social and recreational activities

Assisted living services that go beyond core services may be provided in an MRC. These services might include:

  • Nursing services
  • Assistance with three or more daily activities
  • Medication supervision

An individual plan is made for each resident, and staff are available 24 hours a day with a nurse on-call. Residents who need additional or specialized care may access in-home services.

Services are provided by an Assisted Living Services Agency (ALSA) that is licensed by the Department of Public Health. The MRC itself might be the ALSA or it may contract with a licensed provider.


Residents will pay a monthly fee based on the size and location of the apartment and the level of assisted living services needed.

Some assisted living facilities are subsidized for low-income seniors. Some facilities offer services for individuals with dementia or memory impairments.

For more information, consult the Connecticut Assisted Living Association brochure.

Financial Options for Assisted Living Facilities and Managed Residential Communities

Private Pay:
Private pay means you use personal funds to pay for all or part of a cost. There are different ways to get private pay resources.

Long-Term Care Insurance:
Long-term care insurance helps pay for long-term services and supports at home, in an assisted living facility, or nursing home.

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