Retirement Communities / Retirement Residences
These residences are designed for active Seniors. They are typically spacious homes and villas rather than senior apartments. Featured amenities typically include golf courses, swimming pools, clubhouses, and planned events with program directors.
Senior Apartments / Independent Living Apartments
These apartments are generally designed to be used by completely independent Seniors. Amenities are more limited, but may include the use of laundry facilities and a swimming pool. Planned events and activities may also be part of their services program.
Assisted Living Facilities
These facilities are usually studio-type apartments that provide housekeeping, meals, and planned activities. Assistance with bathing, dressing, medications, transportation, and other activities of daily living is also provided. Some assisted living facilities may also offer special care for people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Continuing Care Facilities
These facilities can range from apartments to villas. They provide housing for Seniors to live in independently. Meals, housekeeping, and home and yard maintenance are usually provided. Most of these facilities also have a wide range of recreational activities. If one of the residents needs additional help with daily tasks, the facility will provide assisted living services. If a client needs 24-hour nursing care this service can be provided on the premises, either the resident's home or in the extended nursing care facility.
Residential Long Term Care Facility / Nursing Homes / Complex Care Facilities
These facilities are designed for adults who are no longer able to safely stay at home because of their complex health care needs. These residents typically require 24-hour professional care, either on a long term care, temporary or respite care basis. Skilled nursing facilities will allow residents to age in place as their need for care and services increases. Multilevel facilities may include the following graduated levels of care:
Intermediate Care 3
For Seniors who need help with most daily activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and personal hygiene. Clients are usually able to walk with some level of independence. Most facilities provide Intermediate Care 3.
Usually for Seniors who need help with walking or with moving from a bed to a chair and who may have greater overall medical needs.
For Seniors with dementia who have behavior patterns that require a safe and secure environment in which to live.