Independent living is ideal for seniors who are looking for companionship and freedom from housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and preparing meals. Smaller board & care homes accept independent seniors as well.
Assisted Living / Residential Care
Assisted living / residential care is probably the most popular choice among seniors and their families. Assisted living communities come in either apartment style living, or smaller care homes. Assisted living means assistance with activities of daily living. This includes bathing, dressing, medication supervision, incontinence care, transferring assistance, etc. Small care homes are private homes modified to meet state inspection requirements. These smaller homes are particularly good for seniors who have special physical needs because they are typically limited to six residents in the home.
Communities often have specialized programs and secure neighborhoods, which allows them to care for seniors afflicted with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Typically, the staff has special training on how to care for residents with behaviors such as aggression, depression and confusion. Like other options for housing, dementia care can take place in a large community or a smaller RCFE.