types senior living communities

September 8, 2020

If you’re reaching an older point in your life where you might need assistance with certain daily activities, or if you’re the caregiver of such an individual, one of the first questions you might have is which sort of senior care community is best. There are several such types available, often within the same grounds, and making this choice will depend on the senior’s condition, any illnesses they have and several other factors.

At Avamere at Mountain Ridge, we’re proud to offer several high-quality senior living communities, including both general assisted living and a robust memory care program. These are two of the primary community options for many seniors who need assistance, but there are also several others. While keeping things as simple as we can, lets go over a few of the common senior community types available for those in this position plus the advantages each offers.

Independent Living

Also sometimes simply referred to as a retirement community, independent living is a type of senior living that is designed for older adults who may need some assistance, but are still largely independent and capable of many functions on their own. Independent living communities will generally feature apartment or condo-type living spaces for seniors with shared similar interest, allowing them to take advantage of many community events and amenities.

At the same time, certain areas of care will be provided. Basic meals and home maintenance will be offered to independent living residents, plus various on-site activities that are always available for those looking to stay active mentally and physically.

Assisted Living

For those who require a bit more care than independent living communities offer, assisted living communities are an ideal step up in many cases. They offer the same kind of private living space for seniors, but also come with 24/7 services for personal care, medication management, toilet use and any other area an older adult may struggle with. This is on top of the same kinds of meal and wellness programs typically offered by independent living communities.

Memory Care

Finally, memory care programs are those designed specifically for those suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other memory loss conditions. These are often a separate section of an assisted living community, as is the case at Avamere. Residents of memory care communities receive the specialized support they need on a daily basis, including things like memory-focused activities and engaging themes that will help them maintain mental acuity. These programs will feature special caregivers with specific training in these memory conditions.

For more on how to choose the perfect senior living facility for yourself or a loved one, or to learn about any of our assisted living, memory care or other services, speak to the staff with Avamere at Mountain Ridge today.

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