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Types of Senior Living Facilities

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There are a number of reasons why a person may choose to stay in a senior assisted living facility. There is as many senior assisted living facilities as there are reasons to be in one. The majority of facility residents are those that need 24-hour-supervision and care. This includes individuals who need medicine management and those affected by a dementia-like Alzheimer's disease.

Here are some of the facilities that you choose from when considering senior living facilities.

Adult Foster Care

Adult foster care is provided for those adults who need help functioning and/or cannot live on their own safely.  These facilities usually host a small group of adults and help with room and board, medicine management and activities of daily living.

Board and Care Homes

Board and cares homes are also called group homes or residential care facilities. These smaller, often private, facilities usually take care of 20 residents or less. While residents of these facilities will receive meals and personal care, they do not receive nursing or medical attention. Rooms may be private or shared.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is for those who want to live in a community setting and need or expect help with daily activities but not as much help as someone who needs to be in a nursing home. Assisted living communities can assist with:

  • personal care
  • medications
  • housekeeping and laundry
  • security and supervision
  • social programs

Assisted living communities can be small, with as little as 25 residents, and assisted living communities can be large with as many as 120 residents or more. It is common for residents to live by themselves in their rooms or apartments.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Continuing care retirement communities, CCRCs or even life care communities, often offer several levels of care in one location. CCRCs can offer independent housing for those who need little to no care and they can also offer senior assisted living and a nursing facility, all in one place. A great benefit of these communities is that once a person is living there, if their level of need changes, they will be able to stay in the same community. When a senior’s level of need changes, they can simply move from one type of facility to another.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities (SNF) or convalescent care facilities can give a wide range of services to their residents from 24-hour-supervision and assistance to rehabilitation services such as speech therapy.

Most people live one to five years in a nursing home but the amount of time spent in one of these facilities is dependent on a person’s health and needs.

Let your needs guide you with your decision on whether to go into senior assisted living or not. If you are still confused, contact your local agency or read up more to find out about the advantages of home care.