Understanding Your Senior Care Options

Using a checklist can help in evaluating the facility. Talking to current residents, visiting at different times of the day, having a meal or staying overnight can all help in developing a more realistic picture of the life within a facility.

  • Home Care Agencies
    Seniors who prefer to live independently in their own homes, or stay with a family member, and have access to outside supportive care and assistance when needed.
  • Independent Living Communities
    Seniors who want to and are able to live independently, prefer to live among their peers, desire additional security, but no longer want to maintain a home.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
    Seniors currently living independently but want the security of being cared for when needed throughout the aging process.
  • Assisted Living Facilities
    Seniors that require some assistance with activities of daily living but wish to live as independently as possible and do not require skilled medical care.
  • Nursing Homes
    Convalescent seniors or those with long-term illnesses or disabilities that are not able to care for themselves and have numerous health care requirements.
  • Hospice Care
    All persons regardless of age who have a life-threatening or terminal illness may receive hospice care. Patients with both cancer and non-cancer illnesses are eligible to receive hospice care.