Senior Living and Long-Term Care Guide
What Are Senior Living and Long-Term Care Homes?
Long-term senior care homes encompass multiple housing options that are specifically tailored to the needs of older adults
Senior Living Home Amenities
- Comfortable and secure housing – well-designed and comfortable living spaces for residents to feel at home in their long-term care.
- Well-maintained community grounds – a positive environment with well-kept grounds, gardens, and walking paths
- 24/7 Security – safety and security with around-the-clock security and access to emergency services
- Access to medical care – regular access to medical attention and assistance for seniors with health conditions or specific medical needs
- Group activities and events – organized group activities and events promote emotional well-being for residents who wish to maintain a social lifestyle
- Housekeeping and laundry services – assistance with daily household needs ensures a stress-free lifestyle
- Sports courts – community sports courts encourage residents to maintain their physical health and hobbies at their long-term senior care home
- Fitness centers – encourage physical health and provide accessible equipment to accommodate all residents
- Transportation services – complimentary transportation services for personal and health-related errands to help maintain a normal lifestyle
- Prepared meals – 1-3 nutritious homecooked meals tailored to necessary dietary requirements
- Care planning and coordination – coordination with medical providers and primary care physicians will ensure residents maintain their overall health
- Personal Assistance – assistance with daily tasks like grooming, bathing, dressing, cleaning, and feeding with knowledgeable and compassionate staff
FAQs for Senior Living and Long Term Care
Not all senior living homes provide medical attention and nursing care. Nursing homes and memory care homes provide the highest level of care for seniors with complex medical conditions, physical limitations, or memory-related diseases. Assisted living and home care provide lower-level assistance, including basic nursing care, housekeeping, and grooming. Senior apartments on the other hand are intended for independent seniors who want to maintain a normal lifestyle, in a convenient and well-kept community.
Nursing homes are comprehensive care centers tailored to seniors with complex medical health conditions or physical disabilities. Nursing homes provide 24/7 nurse care, medication management, as well as standard housekeeping and personal assistance. Nursing homes offer intensive care in a community setting and often are more structured than other senior living centers. Nursing homes are the senior living option for individuals who require regular medical and personal attention, or who have activity-limiting mobility issues.
Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted living facilities are community residencies tailored to relatively independent seniors who may require assistance with household tasks and personal care. These senior home facilities can provide you or your loved one assistance with housekeeping, transportation, bathing, grooming, as well as medication management. In addition, assisted living encourages social and emotional well-being with regularly planned activities for residents. Assisted living facilities are best for seniors who could benefit from age-related services, without complex medical concerns.
Memory care facilities provide housing and medical attention in a community setting for seniors experiencing memory-related conditions, like Dementia and Alzheimers. These conditions require high-level, specialized care, and all memory care facilities can adequately attend to these needs while providing a comfortable and peaceful environment. Seniors who are experiencing memory-related symptoms or conditions would be best suited for a memory care home.
Senior apartments provide apartments and condo’s in a residential community for adults ages 55+. Senior homes are catered to those who wish to maintain an independent lifestyle while enjoying the convenience of amenities and benefits of a supportive community. With a wide range of amenities, including fitness centers, pools, retail stores, salons, and spas, residents have everything they need within reach. Senior apartments do not offer medical service or personal care and are best suited for those who are looking for a hassle-free, life-enhancing environment.
Care homes are senior housing communities in residential settings that offer personalized assistance with daily tasks such as housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, transportation, grooming, and hygiene. Care homes typically house fewer residents than other senior living options, and are best suited for adults who want to maintain their normal lifestyle in an intimate and convenient setting. While care homes provide services to simplify residents’ lifestyles and assist with everyday daily needs, they do not offer regular medical attention or nursing care.
Independent living facilities provide long-term housing for seniors ages 55+ who are mostly self-sufficient but could benefit from services and amenities that promote a stress-free lifestyle. These senior residences provide private apartment and condo units and offer planned social engagements and events for residents to enjoy with their community members. In addition, residents will have access to a variety of services that can enhance their day-to-day, including housekeeping, laundry, fitness centers, shops, salons, and spas. Independent living allows seniors to embrace a maintenance-free lifestyle and focus on the activities that bring them joy.
As you explore the different senior living options available for you or your loved one, it’s important to factor in the costs associated with each to ensure they meet your financial requirements. Each senior housing facility tailors to different needs and lifestyles, so costs can vary depending on how comprehensive the services are.
In addition, location, amenities, and room type can greatly impact the cost of senior living. While these factors can impact the cost of each senior living option, below is an average breakdown of monthly costs for each senior living option:
- Nursing Home – median cost: $7,800 – $8,900 monthly
- Assisted Living – median cost: $4,500 monthly
- Memory Care – median cost: $6,900 monthly
- Senior Apartment – median cost: $2,000- $5,000 monthly
- Care Home – median cost: $4,300 monthly
- Independent Living – median cost: $3,500 to $10,000 monthly
Services Provided in Senior Living and Long Term Care Homes
A Safe and Secure Environment
As senior homes are tailored to the needs of older adults, they offer features and amenities that will ensure the overall safety of you or your loved one. Senior living homes are designed with a focus on accessibility, so community grounds and buildings will provide features like wheelchair-accessible paths, non-slip flooring, handrails, elevators, and accessible bathrooms for residents who may require mobility assistance. In addition, senior communities offer 24/7 security and emergency assistance services to give residents peace of mind while going about their daily life.
Access to Medical Care
Senior living communities offer a range of medical services for older adults who may be experiencing complex medical conditions or physical disabilities. More comprehensive senior living facilities like nursing homes and memory care will provide access to 24/7 nursing care and specialists, while less structured senior living senior communities will provide medication management, and coordination with doctors on an as-needed basis.
Adults who decide to reside in a senior living home will find one of the main benefits to be the overall simplification of life provided to residents. Senior living staff can help with housekeeping, laundry, bathing, dressing, and grooming for seniors who might have trouble caring for these needs on their own. Seniors can focus on the activities that bring them joy while ensuring the necessities of life are handled with care.
Amenities provided in a senior home are designed to improve every aspect of your or your loved one’s life. With high-quality wellness centers, assistance with daily tasks, planned events, transportation services, and more – residents are free to focus on the things that bring them joy while knowing they have the support to stay safe and healthy in their lifestyle
It’s common for individuals considering senior living to worry they will lack social interaction, but senior living communities encourage socialization on a regular basis with organized events and group activities. Residents will find that building connections with others is easy, as senior living facilities are reserved for specific groups with similar life experiences. Residents often find long-lasting friendships in senior housing and enjoy spending quality time with others through the many activities and amenities provided. Additionally, senior facilities encourage guest and family visits, so you can feel confident knowing you will experience a high-quality social life in your senior home.
Finding the Best Senior Care Option for You or Your Loved One
When you search for a senior living option, you’re looking for somewhere you or your loved one will call home. It’s important to ensure that the facility provides services and amenities that can enhance your overall quality of life, and ensure your safety and general wellness. There are senior living facilities that can provide physical, mental, and emotional care for all seniors, no matter their circumstances. Exploring all options, and factoring in the services, costs, and location will ensure you or a loved one finds a senior living option that will provide a happy and healthy life.
We are dedicated to finding the best senior placement option for you or your loved one. Our helpline is available 7 days a week at no cost to you. If you or a loved one is seeking senior housing and wants to explore your options with no obligation required, our team is here to help.
Here's How it Works
Free Assessment from a Senior Living Advisor
During your initial call, a Senior Placement Advisor will conduct a brief assessment to get to know you, your loved one, your situation, and needs. This information will help us determine what care level and communities may be an option.
We’ll listen to your concerns and provide real advice tailored to your loved one’s unique circumstances. Our goal is to ensure you find the community that makes them feel most at home.
Review Senior Housing Care Solutions
Once we fully understand your needs and wants, we’ll present you with a shortlist of possible solutions. This list will contain the appropriate information you need to make an educated decision about these next steps. We only recommend properly licensed facilities that have passed our strict review.
Tour Senior Housing Care Communities
Once you’ve reviewed the list and have selected some potential options, we’ll personally escort you on a tour of selected communities.
From there, we’ll guide you through the entire process of transitioning your loved one into a community—including helping with paperwork, gathering all the relevant information, and the logistics of moving your loved one from their home to the community. We are here to hold your hand every step of the way.
Decide On The Best Senior Housing Fit
After on-site visits to the senior facilities, we’ll be there to answer any follow-up questions that might come up. Once you are ready to make your decision, we’ll facilitate the move-in process with the community of your choice. And again, our service is completely free, there is no charge to work with a Senior Living Advisor.
Explore Senior Living Options
At Senior Placement Group, we offer certified guidance every step of the way. We take the time to understand your situation, listening to your needs and preferences to ensure we find the best care solution for your loved one.
At Senior Placement Care, our Senior Living Advisors provide step-by-step guidance to find the best fit for your loved one’s unique situation. We are there for you and your family during the entire process and offer support and advice during the community selection phase to ensure the transition is seamless. Our services are always offered free of charge and are accessible to anyone in need of placement advice or assistance.