Most frequent questions and answers

Designed for senior adults able to live an independent lifestyle with minimal to no personal care assistance, independent living is an active lifestyle in which seniors continue to pursue goals and their fulfilling daily routines.

In an independent living community, seniors will find services that may include dining, home or apartment maintenance, transportation, housekeeping and security. Many communities also offer convenient on-site amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centers, beauty salons and barbershops, libraries, bars and billiard rooms. A calendar of social, educational and recreational activities encourages friendship and continued personal growth.

A residential setting for those who have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, memory care features a program designed to address each resident’s particular needs – and help them have a better day. People who have dementia may also have other health factors, and memory care typically integrates care services similar to assisted living or to extended stay (skilled nursing). Memory care may include self-contained neighborhoods, secured buildings, comprehensive supervision and security, medication assistance, rehabilitation programs, and daily activities designed to keep minds active.

For senior adults who need assistance with daily activities such as dressing, bathing or (in some states) medication management, assisted living delivers a helping hand. While needs vary from minimal to much, the services are designed to preserve each individual’s sense of independence and a fulfilling lifestyle. That’s why you’ll often find many of the services and amenities of independent living in an assisted living community – such as dining options, fitness centers, hobby and recreation options, and a full schedule of educational and social activities.

Sometimes called rehab and skilled nursing – or health care and rehabilitation – the term refers to a 24/7 skilled health care center that provides short-term stays for rehab and extended stays for chronic illness. You can expect to find 24-hour nursing supervision, health management, a furnished apartment or room, meals and activities.

Rehabilitation offers individualized regimens to speed the recovery of seniors after surgery, accident or illness. These can include speech, occupational and physical therapies.

Extended stay provides long-term care for seniors who require round-the-clock medical monitoring and symptom management.