From independent living to skilled nursing and everything in between, the options available for individuals looking to move into a senior living community are confusing at best. What is the difference and what option is best for my loved one?!

Here’s a breakdown that will help simplify the Google searches.

Independent Living

Ideal for seniors who can live independently but may no longer wish to upkeep a large home. Generally apartment-style living, independent communities don’t have nursing or caregiving staff, but may offer social opportunities, paid utilities and building maintenance.

Assisted Living

Ideal for adults not yet in need of skilled care, yet may require assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, dressing and/or medication management. 24-hour on-site caregivers are available, life-enriching activities, light housekeeping, laundry and meals are all included in the monthly rate. Many assisted living communities may specialize in memory care support.

Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care

Ideal for individuals needing experts to manage, observe and evaluate care, often following a hospital stay or surgery. Long-term care is a living option for adults with chronic illness or disability, who may need nursing supervision. These are the traditional “nursing homes,” but can also house short-stay for individuals recovering from a surgery or hospital stay. Life-enriching activities and all meals are included.

Long-Term Care and Skilled Nursing Residential Houses

Ideal for individuals in need of skilled nursing and long-term care but looking for an alternative to traditional options. These communities are in smaller homes, housing anywhere from 9-12 residents. The residents who live there become family, experience the freedom of living life on their own terms while being supported by compassionate and caring staff.

Need more answers about living community options? Visit Tabitha’s Living Community webpage or contact a Tabitha Continuum Navigator at 402.486.8520 for a free evaluation and assessment.