Housing options for seniors vary widely depending on needs and abilities. Often defined along a continuum of care, senior residences range from planned communities for active adults who enjoy the lifestyle a 55+ community offers, to facilities that provide older adults with access to 24 hour personal and medical care. Explore the amenities and senior care services offered at independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes near you when deciding a senior’s future housing plan.
Independent living communities are designed for active and independent seniors. Seniors who are not in need of assistance with activities of daily living, and who enjoy the company of like-minded individuals often desire to live in the company of older adults. Often called retirement or 55+ communities, independent living communities allow seniors to maintain a private residence with access to a variety of amenities like group recreational activities, dining options, and on-site security.
Assisted living facilities provide seniors with an increased level of supervision and some assistance with activities of daily living. Residents can live independently in a home like, non-clinical setting, while getting the help they need with daily self-care and routine tasks like medication management, housekeeping, and transportation. Residents are able to socialize and enjoy community amenities and activities such as group dining and round the clock security.
Memory care is a level of care offered in a stand-alone facility or as a dedicated unit within an assisted living facility, nursing home, or CCRC. Residences within a memory care unit are specifically designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Memory care facilities employ staff who have been trained in dementia care and feature added security measures to ensure the residents’ safety. This care setting is ideal for individuals experiencing cognitive decline who need specialized physical, medical, and daily care.
Nursing homes provide 24-hour skilled nursing services for seniors that need both medical assistance and full-time personal care. Staff are trained to provide support with activities of daily living such as bathing and eating, while skilled nursing services are available to treat illness or injury. In addition to long-term care, skilled nursing facilities also provide short term rehabilitative care for seniors who are recovering from hospitalization, surgery or illness.
Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) offer independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, memory care and rehabilitative services on a single campus to accommodate seniors as they age, and their housing and health care needs change. Seniors who are in need of additional services can increase care levels while they remain in the same community.