Senior housing is housing designed to meet the needs of seniors. Many different options are available, including independent living communities, assisted living communities and nursing homes. The type of housing a senior needs varies based on his condition.
Independent living communities are communities designed for seniors. These communities may have apartments or houses. Units are typically smaller than average, the community may include recreational areas and management usually handles outdoor maintenance. These communities may also be known as retirement communities, senior apartments, or 55-and-up communities.
Assisted living communities have staff available 24 hours per day who help seniors with daily activities. Depending on the community, a senior may have a scaled-down apartment, a private room or a shared room. Other names for these communities include personal care homes and assisted care communities.
Nursing homes are designed for seniors in need of high levels of assistance. They provide assistance with daily activities and medical care. Rooms are usually shared and meals are provided in a dining area. These communities are also known as long-term care facilities and convalescent care. Nursing homes may have a unit for seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia. There are also senior housing options designed exclusively for seniors with those conditions.