Senior Housing Glossary

Retirement Home:

A facility consisting of individual rooms or suites, but where meals and other activities are in common.

Independent Living:

Residents, whether in their own home or a facility, can take care of themselves. They may take advantage of meal or other services but aren’t dependent on them.

Nursing home (Long-term Care Facility):

A facility for people, especially older people, with a chronic illness or disability; also called a long-term care facility. Services can include assistance with personal hygiene and other daily activities.

Retirement community:

A community where older residents live independently in single homes or other units, but are not responsible for exterior maintenance like lawn cutting.

Active adult-lifestyle community:

A seniors’ community where residents live independently, usually with access to golf, hiking and the like.

Aging in place (or aging at home):

Growing old in one’s own home or community as opposed to moving to a nursing home or other facility.

Assisted living:

For people who require regular meal preparation, transportation and other services, but not the full-time care of a nursing home.

Continuum of care:

Care provided in a community where services/housing range from independent and assisted living to total nursing care.

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