What Are The Differences In Care Provided By Senior Living Facilities?

Personal care (also known as custodial care) encompasses what are known as “ADL”–activities of daily living. These commonly include:

  • Cooking and cleaning
  • eating
  • bathing
  • dressing
  • using the toilet
  • getting around the house (mobility)

Additional personal care support may provide assistance with:

  • transportation around the community
  • medication reminders
  • finding companionship
  • participating in social and recreational activities

While an independent living senior community does not provide personal care in the home, the various types of assisted living facilities do.

Types of community services and activities provided by senior living facilities:
Depending on the type of senior housing one chooses, optional community services may include:

  • Communal Meals
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Local transportation
  • Exercise facilities, such as pools, saunas and exercise machines
  • Arranging for personal or medical care
  • Libraries
  • Beauty shops
  • Gardens

Activities can include:

  • Recreational, educational, and social events
  • Activity rooms or clubhouses
  • Golf courses
  • Tennis and shuffleboard courts
  • Health and exercise programs or classes
  • Chapels and religious services

Independent living facilities are most likely to offer some or all of the above community services, health and recreational/spiritual activities. Assisted living and Continuing Care Retirement Communities may adapt the services offered to meet the specific needs of the seniors living in their facilities.  Nursing homes also have a range of services and social activities adjusted to suit the limitations of the residents.