Senior Living Communities

There are many different housing options available to Seniors.  Understanding the difference between them and what they offer will help narrow down your search.  

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Continuing care retirement communities allow for the level of care to be stepped up as needed.  The terms "pay-as-you-go" and "a la carte" refer to the continuum of care options at these types of communities.  There is usually an initial entrance fee, and higher levels of care are priced accordingly.  Although Continuing Care Communities typically require a significant entrance fee, most contracts include a prorated portion of the entrance fee to be refunded, depending on the length if stay in the community.

Independent Retirement Communities

Independent Retirement Communities usually have a minimum age restriction and rent from month to month.  Housing options include apartment-style living or free-standing cottages.  They offer a variety of services but typically do not provide medical care.  These communities are typically not licensed and not subject to the same regulations that licensed communities are.  These communities charge a competitive market rate for rent and services.  

Assisted Living Communities

Assisted Living Communities are for seniors who may need help managing certain basic daily living activities such as cooking meals, bathing or dressing themselves, doing laundry and taking medications.  Assisted living is for those who need a basic level of supervised care but are free to come and go as they please.  Apartments are generally small in size and tend to include a kitchenette.  Meals are provided in a common dining area, usually 3 times daily.

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities are also commonly known as "rest homes" or "nursing homes".  Residents are typically unable to live independently and need more medical assistance than assisted living communities provide.  Typically skilled nursing facilities offer 24-hour nursing care, assistance with bathing, feeding, grooming, physical therapy, occupational therapy and other medically necessary services.  A nursing care community can be a temporary arrangement, while someone is recovering from surgery or a stroke, or it can be permanent if a person needs on-going medical care.

Memory Care Facilities

Memory care is sometimes provided in a seperate section of a Skilled Nursing Community that is devoted to patients with dementia or Alzheimer's.  Such areas are typically secured, requiring codes for access in and out, which help safeguard the residents wo are apt to wander.  Since all specialized units differ, it is important to ask questions and tour the entire facility, to get a feel for the overall care provided and the services offered.

We've provided you with just some of the local communities offered, but we have many more.  Please give us a call today to discuss what senior living option would work best for you!