Apartments

Multifamily communities where residents generally lead an independent lifestyle. Senior Apartments may be age-restricted to those 55+ or 62+. Communities normally do not provide meals or specialized services but can include amenities such as a clubhouse, fitness center, or pool. Maintenance is usually included in the monthly rent.

Active Adult

Age-restricted single family homes, mobile homes, townhomes, condominiums, or cooperatives. Residents generally lead an independent lifestyle and communities normally do not provide meals or specialized services. Communities can include amenities such as a clubhouse, fitness center, or pool. Outdoor maintenance may be included in a homeowner's association fee, a condominium fee, or a cooperative fee.

Independent Living

Age-restricted communities with central dining facilities that may provide residents, as part of their monthly rent, access to meals and other services such as housekeeping, organized social activities, recreational activities, and transportation.

Assisted Living

Age-restricted communities that provide the same services as Independent Living Communities but also provide supportive care to residents who are unable to live independently and require assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, eating, and ambulating. Many of these communities include areas dedicated to residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Continuing Care

Age-restricted communities that provide the same services as Independent Living Communities and Assisted Living Communities but Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), or Life Plan Communities, provide Skilled Nursing to residents as well. Payment plans vary and may include an entry fee.

Memory Care

Age-restricted communities that provide the same services as Assisted Living Communities but also provide supportive care to residents who are unable to live independently and require assistance with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Most memory care programs include innovative technologies and interventions that can decrease the anxieties and difficulties related to dealing with dementia.

Nursing Care

Licensed daily rate or rental properties that are technically referred to as skilled nursing facilities (SNF) or nursing facilities (NF), where the majority of individuals require 24/7 nursing and/or medical care. In most cases, nursing homes are licensed for Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement. They generally offer a community setting, private or shared rooms, and around-the-clock medical staff, including RNs (registered nurses), LPNs (licensed practical nurses), and CNAs (certified nursing assistants). Many nursing homes are freestanding communities.

Home Care

Provision of services in a person’s home by a licensed provider. Medicare might cover some services provided in home health care if the patient meets certain guidelines regarding a recent hospital stay.