For some seniors, a time comes when either their living enviroment needs adaptation or hands-on care is needed to make living independently easier or even possible. Later, more care may be required or at some point living independently may no longer be safe. In aging, we call this the "Continuum of Care," which usually follows the least restrictive enviroment to the most restrictive. The following is information on the common progression along life's continuum of care.
Independent Living- Remaining in the community in your own residence or that of a loved one.
Independent Living Communities, often referrred to as Retirement Communities, are designed for independent senior adults who want to enjoy a lifestyle filled with recreational, educational and social activities with other seniors. These communities are designed for seniors who are able to live on their own, but desire the security and conveniences of community living.
Assisted Living Facilities- provide residential housing, personalized supportive services and health care. Residential settings maximize independence, but do not provide skilled nursing care. They are designed to meet the individual needs of those requiring help with activities of daily living, but who do not need the skilled medical care provided in a nursing home.
Nursing Homes- nursing facilities provide 24-hour per day skilled nursing care to those who are chronically ill or injured, have health care needs as well as personal needs and are unable to function independently.