What Are Senior Residences?

“Senior residence” is a catch-all term that can be used to describe not only a place to live, but also a way to live. In general terms, senior residences are residential housing communities where adults aged over 55 can go to either live independently or be cared for in a community filled with other like-minded seniors.

Types of Senior Residences

There are a variety of senior living residences available to cater to the many different needs of today’s elderly population. However, most senior residences fall into the following six categories:

Assisted Livingassisted living communities not only provide residential housing for seniors but also supportive services, custodial care, meals, activities and home maintenance.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) – a unique type of senior housing, these communities offer a continuum of care services in a single location including independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care.

Care Homes – also known as adult family homes, board and care homes, residential care homes or personal care homes, these senior residences are home to no more than 10 residents and care for seniors who need help with activities of daily living.

Independent Living – this is a type of residential housing for active seniors similar to a condominium or apartment complex. No personal or medical care services are offered.

Nursing Homes – these residential facilities are the only type of senior residence that provides 24-hour access to medical care. Nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, care for the most ill and frail of seniors.

Retirement Communities – this type of senior housing is restricted to adults age 55 and older and provides a range of services.

Care and Services Provided by Senior Residences

Most senior residences will provide three meals per day for their residents. If a resident is on a specialized diet plan or has special dietary needs, the facility will always be able to accommodate those conditions. Group outings and social events are provided to give residents the ability to interact with each other and maintain an active social life.

Residents of senior residences also have their laundry and linens washed and changed on a weekly basis and are provided with regular housekeeping and daily trash removal to ensure a clean environment and healthy living conditions.

In addition, most senior residences are staffed 24 hours a day for the care and convenience of the residents. Trained medical staff are usually not present on site (unless the residence is a nursing home), but make monthly or bi-monthly visits to check on the status of seniors’ health.

Cost of Senior Residences

Depending on the type of senior residence, geographic location and level of service provided, the monthly cost of living in a senior residence can vary. Here are some typical averages for senior residences across the United States:

Type of Senior ResidenceAverage Cost
Assisted Living$3,131/month + fees for service
Continuing CareEntrance fees of $60-120k + maintenance fees of $400-$2,500/month
Care HomeComparable to assisted living
Independent LivingMarket rate for monthly apartment rental pricing in area
Nursing Home$200/day or $6,000/month
Retirement CommunityMarket rate for monthly apartment rental pricing in area

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Written by senior housing staff writer.

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