There are many senior living options available today and many things to consider before making a move. From which type of community and style of home is best for you, to what type of amenities you want and healthcare services you need. It’s important to understand the differences before choosing a community for yourself or a loved one.
Senior Apartments (age-restricted community) are for people age 55 and older. Residents live an independent, active lifestyle and enjoy socializing with their peers. Typically these communities do not provide services and do not provide assistance for increased health care needs.
Independent Living Communities allow all the benefits of living in a private residence without the worry of home maintenance or chores. Residents enjoy meals in a common dining room and services such as housekeeping, transportation and social activities are provided.
Home Care services can be medical or non-medical in nature and are contracted for and delivered in personal homes or retirement communities by a third party.
Assisted Living Communities provide help with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and medication management. Residents typically have private apartments and have all or some of their meals together. Social and recreational activities are also provided.
Memory Care Communities are specifically designed to provide comfort and security for those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other forms of memory loss.
Skilled Nursing Homes provide a wide range of personal care and health services to people who can no longer live on their own due to physical, emotional, or mental ailments. Some nursing homes may provide temporary skilled care and rehabilitation after injury or hospital stay.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) offer residents a continuum of care from private homes and independent living to assisted living and skilled nursing care. Residents can age in place without having to relocate. There may or may not be a buy-in fee.