Senior Living: What Are the Options?

Whether you’re looking into senior housing options for yourself or for a loved one, it can be tricky to figure out what the differences between each to figure out which works best for your situation. Here’s a little bit of a guide on the difference between independent living, assisted living, and memory care.

What Is Senior Independent Living?

This is a great option for the senior who still has an independent lifestyle but would like to live in a more relaxed, secure environment. Services provided include laundry, meal services, and housekeeping. With independent living, residents can live in a safe community in which they have the opportunity to socialize with other seniors.

These communities often have social outings or planned activities within the common areas of the community. This provides seniors with options to socialize and stay active.

The living space itself can range anywhere from a studio apartment to a two-bedroom apartment. Seniors living in these apartments have the freedom to then decorate according to their own taste.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living means the residents have a little more support while still living pretty independently. There is also still the opportunity for privacy with independent suites. The extra services that come with assisted living include medication management, personal assistance with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and grooming, and an on-site staff available to assist the resident.

This type of housing is best for the senior who requires some assistance with medication management, self-care, and housekeeping but is still active. With assisted living housing, meals are provided for the residents. There are also many opportunities for the residents to socialize and stay active.

What Is Memory Care?

Memory care housing is set up specifically for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. This form of housing provides a 24-hour supervised care, along with planned activities, meals, and medication management. Memory care housing is a secure environment in which the residents can feel at home. Memory care sites are fully staffed and monitored in order to ensure the safety and health of the residents.

Memory care housing is best for those seniors who are no longer able to take care of themselves because of a form of dementia.

The Conclusion?

Well, I can certainly see how all of these options could be a little confusing. Hopefully now you understand some of the different levels of care each senior housing option provides. Always feel free to ask questions, though, to make sure you know what to expect from the senior housing experience, whether it’s for you or for your loved one. The more informed you are, the more comfortable you will feel about the move to senior housing.