Senior Living 101

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What Is Senior Housing?

Senior living has many options for seniors, from independent living communities with resort-style amenities and activities designed specifically for senior residents, to memory care facilities that provide a safe space where loved ones can feel at ease. There’s something out there for everyone!

Senior housing encompasses many types of communities, including independent living, assisted living, board & care, memory care and skilled nursing.

A Quick Guide to Senior Living

Most of our clients are boomer children that are helping their parents find senior living and spouses that can no longer provide the level of care their spouse needs on their own.

When many of our clients seek out our help, they are completely new to Senior Living and don’t fully understand the options available to them. This handy infographic by provides a quick overview that will help you quickly get a high-level understanding of senior housing options for yourself or your loved one.

What is Senior Living?

Senior living is more than just an option for the elderly – it’s a lifestyle choice! Whether you enjoy being surrounded by like-minded individuals, or crave something different every day, there are options for everyone. Many senior communities offer amenities such as swimming pools and fitness rooms to keep your body healthy and active no matter how old you get.

Senior Living communities are also staffed with supportive care staff who understand their needs and can provide them with supportive care throughout life.

Residents of assisted living communities benefit from:

  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s)
  • Housekeeping
  • Prepared Mals
  • Community and Social Events
  • Transportation to Shopping and Outside Events
  • Peace of Mind

What Types of Communities are Available?

There are many types of communities available for seniors. They are designed to meet different preferences and needs.

Independent Living – provides independent apartment or cottage style living alongside services like housekeeping, planned social outings, dining, and security.

Assisted Living – Similar to independent living with the addition of assistance with activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, and medication management. This living arrangement often provides greater peace of mind for seniors who are starting to need more help.

Board & Care – Smaller communities (often a residential home) that provide the same level of care as assisted living but with the comfort and warmth of a family home.

Memory Care – Memory care communities are a safe and comfortable alternative to the typical assisted living. These specially designed residences not only accommodate seniors with memory conditions but also work closely with their families in supporting them through this difficult time for both parties. Memory care communities have staff that is trained specifically on how to handle patients who may be experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease-related issues like forgetfulness and confusion while maintaining dignity as they navigate these challenges themselves.

CCRC – Continuing Care Retirement Community – CCRC senior living communities offer a vast spectrum of housing designed with seniors in mind. From independent living to memory care, senior citizens can find an option that suits their needs and level of ability and transition to greater levels of care as their needs change.

While you will find many online services offering to help you find the right placement for your senior, those large companies can rarely match the level of one-on-one attention and deep area knowledge of the staff at First Choice Senior Placement.

Simply share your needs and desired area, and we’ll narrow your search down for you, escort you for tours, and help you understand the options. Reach out to us anytime!