Types of Senior Living Housing

Posted by Mike McQuinn on November 19, 2013 | 1 comment

fine-diningWhen it comes to Senior Living, some people may be confused about the different types of senior homes. When you or a loved one is ready to move into a senior home, you need to understand the differences between them all because this will help you decide the perfect home for you. You do not want to waste your time if you do not fit the bill. Below, I have listed several different homes and the explanations.

Independent Living Communities

Independent Living Communities are specifically designed for seniors who are very independent with very few medical problems. The communities are for seniors who want to live in an apartment and there is care if needed. There is usually a fine dining restaurant and frequent social outings and events to choose from. The price usually ranges from $1,500 to $3,500 per month.

Also called:

  • Retirement Communities
  • Congregate Care
  • Retirement Villages
  • Continuing Care Retirement Community

Assisted Living

These types of communities are designed for seniors who can no longer live on their own safely but they still do not require much care. Assistance with daily activities and medication are a given. Staff is available 24 hours and some even have in home nurses for routine checkups.  The price for this is about $2,500 to $4,000 per month. This depends on the size of the room and the level of care needed.

Also called:

  • Assisted Care Community
  • Personal Care Home

Nursing Homes

If you or a loved one require a high level of medical care, a nursing home is going to be best for you. They have nurses on staff for a full 24 hours in case of an emergency or minor services. Some of these homes now provide rehab from an injury, illness or surgery. Residents usually share rooms and have a cafeteria for meals. The prices range from $4,000 to $8,000 a month.

Also called:

  • Nursing Center
  • Convalescent Care
  • Skilled Nursing
  • Long Term Care Facility

Alzheimer’s Care

This type of care is sometimes included in either assisted living or nursing home setting. It will be a little more expensive than the going price, but that is because they require more care. They live in different apartments and have different activities than the other residents so they can be monitored closely. This can range anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000 per month.

Also called:

  • Memory Care
  • Dementia Care

Residential Care Homes

These are private homes that have live in caretakers and residents live together. This is a good option for seniors who need care but also want a more private, home-like community. You get assistance with many daily activities such as dressing or bathing. Ask about services they offer when you visit because they can vary from community to community. The price for this is $1,500 to $3,000 per month.

Also called:

  • Board and Care Homes
  • Group Homes
  • Adult Family Homes

Respite Care

This is a temporary home that allows the caregivers to get time off by having the residents stay somewhere that meets their needs. Many assisted living and nursing homes have these short term programs. Residents can stay from either weeks or months at a time. This can also give seniors a sense of the atmosphere and they may decide to like in these homes. It is a good place to start a transition. These cost $75 to $100 per day.

Also called:

  • Short-term Stay Programs
  • Adult Day Care

When you or a loved one is looking for an option, make sure you are looking in the right places. If you are looking for an assisted living home, call The Manor on Marston Lake at 303-932-9808 today!


One response to “Types of Senior Living Housing”

  1. Mike, Paul Maginnis here says:

    Mike, we met you and your family at the Durango UU Church in the summer of 2012. Grandson Eli was with us, and he spent an overnight with your eldest George and ??? forget the name of your youngest son. (Am I right? Do I have the right McQuinns?) You all live up mountain from John and Aline?

    You all home school the kids, especially so George can continue with his ski-jumping, if I remember correctly. My question is: what is the Online School from which George takes his math classes?

    Regardless, blessings and do have a productive and beneficent 2014.

    Paul (Linda Franklin is my wife.)

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