Understanding the differences between Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and a Skilled Nursing Facility

You are not alone if you find yourself confused between the many different options when it comes to care types and styles of senior living communities. While ISL Communities offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care, let me give you a brief description of the four most dominate senior living options available.

Independent Senior Living Communities are best suited to seniors who are living an independent, self-sufficient life. They offer a carefree lifestyle, freeing residents of the many burdens of daily life. Meals are prepared, housekeeping, laundry and transportation services available as well as 24 hour on site staffing and great social events and activities.

Assisted Living Communities is a combination of housing, personalized assistance services and care tailored to the individual who require help with activities of daily living. In these communities you’ll find more support services such as assistance with bathing, grooming, and dressing while still enjoying independence.

Memory Care Communities are designed especially for residents with memory loss and other forms of dementia. Memory care is often provided in a secure area or special wing within an assisted living community.

Skilled Nursing Facilities (Nursing Homes) offer the highest level of care for residents (outside of a hospital) with an emphasis on medical care. They offer 24-hour supervised care with meals, activities and health management support for residents.