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Infographic: Living Options for Older Adults

As a senior’s care needs change, family members may wonder if their loved one is safe living at home—and if not, what other living options are available. Decades ago, a nursing home might have been the top-of-mind option. But today, there are many other types of senior housing. Services vary, as do costs, and making the decision can be confusing. To get you started in your exploration of the possibilities, here is a brief visual overview of the options.

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With all these options, it’s important to do your homework well in advance, so your family will be ready, whether your loved one decides to downsize to a smaller place, move to a senior living community, or stay in their own home with help.


Living Options for Older Adults

Today’s seniors have many alternatives to nursing home care.

55+ communities

These planned communities are exclusively for older adults, with a variety of amenities such as a health club, salon or golf course.

Independent living facilities

These complexes allow seniors to live independently while accessing services such as activities, housekeeping and meals.

Continuing care retirement communities

Seniors purchase their own home or condominium, and are able to move to a higher level of care as their needs change. 

Assisted living facilities

Seniors live in their own apartment, but can access assistance such as personal care, medication management and transportation.

Rehabilitation facilities

These provide skilled nursing care and rehabilitation for patients recovering from hospitalization, injury, illness or surgery.

Nursing homes

Residential nursing facilities provide long-term care for seniors who require medical supervision and skilled nursing care.

Memory care

Whether free-standing or in a senior living community, these facilities provide care for people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

Aging in Place

Many seniors can continue living in their homes with supports such as…

  • Home modifications
  • Public senior services
  • The help of family and friends
  • Emergency alert systems and other technologies
  • Professional in-home care
  • Aging life care professionals

Right at Home caregivers can also help older adults remain at a lower level of care in their retirement community.

Right at Home caregivers provide assistance with personal care, transportation, housekeeping, companionship and more. Contact Right at Home* today and ask for a FREE in-home consultation.

*In-home care services may vary by location.

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Right at Home offers in-home care to seniors and adults with disabilities who want to live independently. Most Right at Home offices are independently owned and operated, and directly employ and supervise all caregiving staff.
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