Independent Living Communities
Senior living independent communities provide to seniors who are independent with few medical concerns or personal care needs. Residents tend to live in fully equipped private apartments and usually one to two meals are included in the rate. Amenities such as housekeeping, laundry and bed linen change are incorporated. All utilities are typically included, with at times, the exception of phone and cable services.
A variety of apartment sizes are available from studios to large two bedrooms. Frequently, there are numerous social outings and events to choose from for entertainment, with transportation provided.
Assisted Living Communities
Assisted Living communities are designed for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own safely. Assistance with medications, activities of daily living, meals and housekeeping are routinely provided. Three meals per day are served in a central dining room. Residents can live in private apartments however many communities offer companion living which allows a more affordable option. Staff is available 24 hours a day for additional safety. Most assisted living communities provide licensed nursing services. Social activities and scheduled transportation are also available in most communities. A special unit for Alzheimer’s residents is available in some, but not all communities.
Alzheimer’s and Memory Care
Numerous senior housing options for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s are available. With memory impairment, it is important to have 24-hour support and structured activities to ensure your loved one’s safety and quality of life. Many families try to care for their loved ones at home, which can be extremely difficult given the skill that is required to care for a person with memory problems.
If you need to consider a community, understand that Alzheimer’s care is delivered in the assisted living setting, and occasionally in personal care homes. Most of these living environments have secured or locked areas to ensure no one wanders off. Many times, within the secured areas, residents have access to outdoor walking paths or gardens.
Residential and Family Care Homes
Residential care homes are private homes that typically serve residents who live together and receive care from live-in caretakers. These homes offer assisted care services for seniors who want a more private, home-like community. Assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing are typically provided. Amenities and nursing services vary greatly between homes.
Respite care provides a temporary break for caregivers by allowing a resident to have a short-term stay in a community that can meet their needs. Many assisted living communities have a respite care program. Residents typically stay from a week to a month, depending on their situation. They receive all of the services of the community. Respite stays may also serve as a “get acquainted” period for the senior. Many residents find that they enjoy their stay and decide to move in soon after the short-term visit. Respite programs are available for assisted living and Alzheimer’s residents.