Senior Housing Options
Independent Living Communities:
These communities are for those who do not need medical oversight but wish to have some services. They typically offer one to three meals in a common dining room, scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping, social programs, entertainment and staff interaction and light observation.
Assisted living communities provide housing and personal care services for individuals. Residents are able to chose a private apartment which has a living space, kitchenette and a private bath. The community will offer meals, housekeeping, activities, scheduled transportation and medical oversight.
Memory/Alzheimer Care Communities specialize in caring for individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimers. The communities staff will have specialized dementia training. The community will be a secure setting so you can feel confident your family member will be safe.
Residential Care Facility:
This setting is for those needing more care or heavier care than assisted living. There are limited activities provided. They typically do not offer transportation services. However, they can help with arranging for transportation needs. Some residential care facilities have secured entrances to prevent wandering.
Adult Care Home:
Care Homes are smaller settings allowed to care for up to five people in a home. This is an intimate setting with a family like feel. The caregivers live on site. They assist with activities of daily living and most often have meals made from scratch. This type of location is best for those who do not need regular night care as the operator needs to rest at night.
Intermediate Care Facility:
This is generally the long term care wing of a nursing facility. There is an RN on site 24/7. This is for those who need extensive care and oversight for an indefinite period of time. The setting is the most clinical of the senior housing options. It is also generally the most expensive.