Many seniors choose independent living when cooking meals, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn or managing repairs becomes more than what they want to deal with at this point in their lives. Independent living offers many amenities such as swimming pools, fitness and wellness centers, restaurant style dining, libraries, computer centers, theaters, and much more along with individual and group activities. Residents have all the independence they had living at home, but with many added benefits. Housing options may vary from freestanding, single-family homes to townhouses or apartments.
Assisted living provides care for those who need some help with activities of daily living yet wish to remain as independent as long as possible. Assisted living is a home-like congregate housing option that provides meals, housekeeping, laundry, personal care, health care services and social activities in a social setting. Individuals usually have their own rooms or apartments, but some choose to share their residences with a spouse or roommate.
Private group homes are licensed to provide care for 10 or less residents while the larger assisted living centers are licensed to provide care for 11 or more residents and can this sometimes reaches into the hundreds.
Memory Care or Skilled Nursing
Memory care offers care for those whose level of need and care has increased to the point they are no longer able to take care of themselves and need a safe, secured environment. One example is an Alzheimer’s patient who is no longer oriented to time and place, maybe they can’t recognize family or friends anymore, or maybe they are a wandering risk.
For skilled nursing, it might be someone who is completely bedridden and unable to recognize or communicate their needs.
These facilities offer an extremely high level of care for those completely unable to care for themselves.
Continuing Care Retirement Community
The type of community offers multiple levels of care that allows people to age-in-place. CCRCs usually provide independent living, assisted living and sometimes, memory care or skilled nursing all on one campus. Residents of a CCRC are able to move from one level of care to another without ever leaving the community.