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A Look at the Care Options in Senior Living Communities

Is the topic of senior living becoming more familiar as you consider the options for ensuring a high quality of life for you or a loved one? 

Families may not be aware of all the choices available – and are often surprised that there is a senior living care option to fit almost any need or preference. 

Take a look at the primer we’ve put together on the different community types and the varying services they offer. You’ll soon discover how easy it can be to match the desired level of care or lifestyle with a community.  


Senior Living Care Options 

The following offers a brief description of the different senior living care options: 

Independent Living 

These communities are a great fit for independent older adults who are searching for a more convenient yet active lifestyle. Residents enjoy the convenience of maintenance-free living and these additional advantages: 


Assisted Living 

If you or a loved one could use a helping hand with daily activities such as bathing, grooming, preparing meals or managing medications, an assisted living community provides a compassionate staff to help whenever needed. 

Also included is a personal and accessible residence that can be personalized to make your own, a monthly calendar of activities to choose from, a nutritious and delicious dining program, social events, fitness classes and scheduled transportation. Residents are also greatly reassured in knowing someone is there if help is ever needed. 



Memory Care 

When families discover that the needs of their loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is exceeding their ability to provide care for them, a memory care community can be a compassionate choice. 

Your loved one will live in an accessible residence and community designed to minimize anxiety while increasing freedom of movement. The following benefits can also greatly improve their quality of life: 


Skilled Nursing 

If loved ones are no longer able to take care of themselves or live safely at home without the availability of attention 24/7, many families turn to a skilled nursing community. 

Here you will find assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming and medication management. Residents have access to social activities as well as therapy programs if needed. Healthy and delicious food that appeals to a variety of appetites can also meet any dietary restrictions.  

Residents enjoy the opportunities to meet and make new friends while families appreciate the peace of mind in knowing their loved ones are well taken care of. 

Respite or Rehabilitation Care 

Another specialized type of senior living care option that may be needed now or in the future is respite or rehabilitation care.  

This is most likely offered in an assisted living or skilled nursing community. Care is provided for those recovering from an injury or illness, who are being discharged from a hospital but are not yet ready to return home.  

These communities also often provide the respite a primary caregiver might need to go on vacation, attend to other personal business or take a break to avoid caregiver burnout. 

Matching Needs and Preferences to the Right Senior Living Care Option 

Now that you know a little more about the different types of senior living communities and the services they offer, you’ll want to spend time considering the needs and preferences of you or a loved one and which community might provide the best fit. 

Visiting communities will offer a better look at daily life and assist in helping your family gather more information. Researching the options, asking questions and discussing choices will soon guide you in choosing the right home.  

Life at a Milestone Community 

If you’re looking at options for retirement living, we invite your family to visit one of our Milestone communities – designed to support your loved ones to live their highest quality of life. 

We offer studio and one-bedroom private apartments for our assisted living residents as well as private or shared memory care suites for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. 

Our memory care residents are cared for by our compassionate and specially trained team – who meet them wherever they are in their journey with patience and kindness. The residents also have access to customized activities, programs and an elevated secured courtyard. 

Our amenities and services encourage our residents in assisted living to engage with others, remain as independent as possible and be reassured that help is available whenever needed. 

In addition to our personalized services, we offer: 

·       Chef-prepared meals 

·       Full-service dining room and bistro/bar 

·       Clubroom with large screen and theater style seating 

·       Family gathering room 

·       Rooftop courtyard including outdoor kitchen and firepit 

·       Resident accessible chef’s kitchen garden 

·       Senior-inspired fitness center 

·       Hair and nail salon 

·       Resident-shared laundry rooms 

·       Elegantly designed common areas 

·       24-hour on-duty care staff 

·       Scheduled transportation 

·       Secured community 

·       Direct access to adjoining walking paths and parks 


If your family is considering retirement living, we hope you will visit one of our communities. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions. Please contact us with any questions you may have or to arrange a personal tour.  

We also invite you to download our complimentary Family Decision Toolkit