Senior housing is categorized by the level of care available to residents. There is a broad array of housing options available to seniors, from staying in your own home to specialized facility provide round-the-clock nursing care. Between those extremes are a wide range of housing choices that can meet changing needs. 


The key to making the best choice is to match your housing with your lifestyle, health, and financial needs. When deciding on the senior housing plan that’s right for you, it’s important to consider not only the needs you have now but also those you may have in the future: 

  • Physical and medical needs
  • Home maintenance
  • Social and emotional needs
  • Financial needs

Housing Options:

  1. Downsizing – Moving into a smaller home or a condo can allow seniors to declutter, save some money and move to a more convenient location.
  2. Aging in Place – Staying at home as one ages has the advantage of keeping you in a familiar place where they know their neighbors and the community. There is a wide range of home repairs or modifications homeowners can make make your life easier and safer.
  3. Multi-generational Living – Moving in with family members might also be an option. This allows the seniors to be around family, save on living costs, and have more care provided to them, or perhaps, provide care to other members of their family, such as grandchildren.
  4. Adult Day Services – Offers daily activities for seniors. Not only do the seniors thrive in an atmosphere that offers mental stimulation and social interaction. Adult day care can be a social event, but for those who need physical therapy and other medication attention, an Adult Day Health Center might be a better option.
  5. Home Care – Covers a wide range of services that allow seniors to remain in their home for as long as possible. Home care can consist of assistance with running basic errands, cleaning, cooking, and even dressing or bathing. Depending upon the home care provider, some medical assistance might be provided.
  6. Retirement Communities – Cater to seniors who are self-sufficient and who do not need hands-on care. These communities usually offer a broad range of intellectual, physical and social activities.
  7. Assisted Living Communities – Provide housing and care to seniors who may need some assistance with daily tasks, but who do not require the skilled care provided at a nursing home. Assistance with medications, activities of daily living, meals and housekeeping are routinely provided.
  8. Memory Care – Often provided in a secure area of an assisted living community or nursing home. The secure aspect of memory care communities is intended to prevent residents from wandering off and becoming lost, which is a common and dangerous symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s.
  9. Group Home – Also known as residential care homes, are private homes that have been adapted to accommodate the care of a limited number of residents. Live-in caregivers provide 24-hour supervision and assistance for residents.
  10. Nursing Homes – Available to seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. Typical nursing home residents suffer from severe, debilitating physical or mental conditions that leave them unable to care for themselves.
  11. Respite Care – Typically refers to a short-term stay at a senior community, though it may be used in the reference to in-home care-giving services used for only a short period.

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