Adult Living Facilities: A Place for Every Senior

Moving to an adult living facility is a choice made by millions of seniors every year. The choice to move is based on many factors, such as:

  • Desire for like-minded company
  • Inability or unwillingness to maintain a private home
  • Daily need for assistance with basic chores
  • Need for intensive, 24-hour care

There are many types of adult living facilities to choose from and with literally thousands of communities across the country, there is bound to be a community that will suit all of your needs.

Types of Adult Living Facilities

Adult living facilities offer a spectrum of care ranging from simple room and board to 24/7 bed-side treatment from licensed medical personnel. The main categories of adult living include:

Whatever the need, there is an adult living facility equipped to serve residents accordingly.

Services & Amenities Provided

Adult living facilities offer a broad range of services and amenities depending on the type of residents they serve. Here is a chart comparing the five main categories of adult living facilities:

  Independent Living Assisted Living Memory Care Nursing Homes Continuing Care
# of Residents 10+ 10+ 10+ 10+ 10+
Age Restrictions 55+ No No No 55+
Resident Health Level Good Fair Fair Poor All Levels
Resident Activity Level Very Active Moderately Active Moderately Active Less Active All Levels
24-Hour Care No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Help with Daily Activities No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Medical Care Provided No No No Yes Yes
Alzheimer’s Care No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Meal Service Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes
Housekeeping Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes
Planned Activities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Avg. Cost $2,633/month $3293/month $3293/month $229/day Buy-in + Monthly Fees
Covered by Medicare No No No Yes, Up to 100 Days Skilled Nursing Only

Many adult living facilities have pools, gardens, courtyards, tennis courts as well other useful property features. Most facilities also provide activities, classes and workshops as well as social outings and events for residents who wish to attend. This is true no matter what type of residents the facility serves including CCRCs and nursing homes.

Accommodations

Residents of independent living communities often live in private residences and the communities resemble typical apartment buildings. These active adult living facilities may also provide additional residential amenities such as:

  • Private apartments or rooms
  • Kitchens or kitchenettes
  • Private baths
  • Courtyards, patios, balconies

Seniors who require more assistance, such as assisted living and memory care residents, may have the option of private or shared rooms or apartments. Residents of nursing homes or CCRCs typically live in private or shared rooms more like a standard hospital room.

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Written by senior housing staff writer.