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Your Senior Living Options Explained

Retirement Home. Independent Living. Long Term Care. Assisted Living. Nursing Home. Retirement Community. Skilled Nursing Facility. Adult Day Care. Respite Care. Which is right for you or your loved one? Let’s take a closer look at these senior living options.


A retirement home provides a private or shared room, along with meals and activities. A retirement community is a place where seniors live under common management. A retirement community can range in size from a single apartment building to a multi-acre campus with apartments, condominium homes, and other facilities.


Independent Living includes meals and basic utilities for your residence, along with housekeeping, recreation and wellness programs, arts and crafts, educational events and special outings. With Independent Living, you can keep your car or use scheduled transportation for shopping and medical appointments.


Assisted Living offers amenities similar to an Independent Living apartment but includes assistance with activities of daily living, such as dressing, walking to and from meals, toileting, and management of medications. This care is provided by nursing assistants who are supported by licensed nurses. Assisted Living is offered in different levels of care to provide the right assistance for your needs.


A nursing home or Skilled Nursing Facility provides physical care with registered nurses, nursing assistants, and therapists. Some skilled nursing facilities offer care for special needs such as Stroke Recovery, Parkinson’s Therapy, and Respiratory Care.


Post-acute rehabilitation in a Skilled Nursing Facility helps you recover from an illness, injury or surgery, so you can return to your home or to Independent or Assisted Living. Long Term Care in a Skilled Nursing Facility is for those who may need physical care for an extended length of time.


An Adult Day Care program can include recreational activities, wellness services, medication management and a mid-day meal for seniors who return home each day. Respite Care is for those who need accommodations when their home caregiver is away for a vacation or a business trip or needs a break from caregiving. Respite Care can be in Independent Living or Assisted Living for a period of few days to as long as a month and is a great way to try senior living without making a commitment to move.