To help you or your loved one make as informed a decision as possible about types of housing, here are brief explanations of what different accommodations include:
The Independent Living option is designed for those senior individuals or couples who seek to maintain the independent and active lifestyle they’re used to, but who appreciate the supportive amenities provided by this level of retirement living. Independent Living, also known as Retirement Living, is the ideal choice for those who no longer wish to engage in home maintenance, yard work, shopping for and preparing meals, cleaning the house, etc., and are instead seeking new experiences and the opportunity to socialize with others.
Assisted living is the choice of lifestyle for seniors who are in need of help with managing certain tasks of daily life that sometimes become challenging as we age, or if there are safety or health concerns.
Alzheimer’s Care / Memory Care
Caring for a loved one with memory impairment can be highly stressful and overwhelming. At some point, it can become difficult or even dangerous to continue to do so at home.
Respite Care, Short-Term Stay or Trial Stay
Respite care — also called short-term stay, trial stay or retreat stay — is available at many communities regardless of whether Independent Living, Assisted Living or Memory Care is the lifestyle desired or needed. Usually, all of the amenities of the community are available to those who are there on a short-term basis. In addition, communities will often provide a furnished apartment for a short-term stay or assist with making arrangements to rent furniture.
Skilled Nursing or Nursing Homes
Nursing homes, also called skilled-nursing facilities, provide significant hands-on 24/7 care with the activities of daily life and/or care needed post surgery, during recovery from an illness or due to a chronic medical condition. Each resident in a skilled nursing facility is under the care and supervision of an on-site physician, other skilled on-site professionals including physical and occupational therapists, psychiatric professionals, social workers, and nursing staff.