Mar 14, 2011 at 6:04 AM
There are many types of senior housing offered today. The common types are independent living for seniors, assisted living for seniors, and nursing homes. To help you get aquatinted, here is a quick overview of the different senior housing available.
Independent living for seniors is a variety of different types of senior housing that is designed to enable seniors to live independently. Types of independent living for seniors include retirement communities, condominiums, and senior apartments. Typically, communities serving independent living for seniors have a minimum age requirement (such as 55 communities). Depending on each community, the type of services offered will vary.
Unlike independent living for seniors, assisted living is a type of senior housing with more supportive services. Typical services provided in assisted living includes meals, personal care, 24-hour supervision, and medication administration. However, assisted living for seniors does not provide extensive medical services.
When extensive medical and personal care is required, nursing home care may be a good senior housing choice. In this type of senior housing, a high level of medical care under a licensed physician supervision is provided along with full assistance with daily living.
Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are campus-style senior housing communities that combine independent living for seniors, assisted living for seniors, and nursing home care under one community. Seniors can continue to live in the same area while the level of care adjusts according to need.
Alzheimer’s care is a specially tailored form of senior housing that specializes in dementia and Alzheimer’s care needs. This type of senior housing is available in many assisted living or nursing home facilities.
Home care provides senior housing care services in the current residence of the senior. Additional care for independent living for seniors or assisted living for seniors can be supplemented by home care.
Retirement villages is a membership based senior housing option where seniors continue to live in their own homes and home care services are coordinated by the retirement village. There usually is an annual fee.
To learn in detail about the different types of senior housing, read our other articles on our website. If you would like personal help choosing senior housing, use our free service to connect with local senior community specialists.