The World of Assisted Living

The World of Assisted Living 

This course is designed to acquaint you with the assisted living setting. You will see who works and lives there and what makes assisted living settings unique. More importantly, you will get to see how working with older adults and their families can be some of the most challenging and rewarding work you will ever do! The goal of this course is to provide general staff in assisted living with an introduction to their work setting.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Tennessee Department of Health

0.75 HOURS

Learning activity approved by the Tennessee Department of Health, Bureau of Health Licensure and Regulation as continuing education for Residential Homes for the Aged and Assisted Care Living Facility administrators. This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)

0.75 HOURS

Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO2034326

Oregon Department of Human Services

0.75 HOURS

This course is approved as continuing education by the Oregon Department of Human Services in accordance with state regulation 411-057-0140 for Assisted Living Administrators, Residential Care facility Administrators and Memory Care Communities within the State of Oregon. This activity is approved by Oregon Department of Human Services for 0.75 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-WAL
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Define senior care and assisted living.
List at least three services that assisted living settings provide.
Identify the staff in assisted living and what they do.
Describe person-centered care and how you can provide it.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Where in the World Have I Landed?

Who Are All of These People?

What Is Senior Care?

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living Versus Nursing Home

Dementia Care



Section 3: There is No Place Like Home

Our Home

Dining Room

Activities Area

Common Areas

Therapy Area

Administrative Area

Maintenance Area

Your Role In The World of Assisted Living

Person-Centered Care



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, “I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints.” 

Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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