Assisted living is a long-term care option that combines housing, meals, health and wellness programs and activities, support services and additional health care as needed. This program is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management, and transportation, or assistance with bathing, dressing or other activities of daily living. Some residents may have memory disorders or they may need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges.
Independent living is designed for seniors who require little or no assistance with the activities of daily living. These units provide services for residents such as housekeeping, laundry, and meals. Residents of independent units may have some home health care services provided by in-house staff or an outside agency. Residential living setting for senior adults may or may not provide voluntary hospitality, activity or supportive services.
Memory care communities can be a stand-alone buildings or may consist of a special wing within an assisted living community. Memory care communities provide programming specific to the population being served and are staffed with individuals who are specifically trained to work with individuals who have some form of dementia. These communities have additional security and other specific architectural features that keep individuals with dementia safe.