Navigating Definitions of Senior Living

Navigating Definitions of Senior Living

Not all senior living scenarios look alike, and with good reason. Not every senior is the same! Within their time in a residential living community, a senior may experience several changes in their health, social, and emotional needs. Maintaining stability during times of transition is key to a senior’s overall well-being; for this reason, the “age in place” model of care is ideal.

When aging in place, a senior remains in the same community, with familiar surroundings and staff, while transitioning to different levels of care.  When researching your options for senior living, it’s important to know what options are available to you. Does the community offer a variety of options to nurture the body, mind, and soul?  

There are many different options, and the difference between them can be confusing. Here are a few common terms to help you navigate your options and know for sure which level of care is best for your loved one.

Senior Care

Senior care is a broad term that applies to all forms of caring for the unique needs of elderly residents, from independent living to memory care or hospice.  

Independent Living

With independent living, seniors typically live in their own apartment with their personal choice of furnishings, activities, and schedules, without the daily hassles of cleaning, laundry, or preparing meals. The staff takes care of those chores while seniors devote their time to enjoying the good things in life: food, friends, and activities.

Assisted Living

When a senior wants to continue enjoying all the amenities of independent living but requires more individualized care, they can transition to assisted living. At many assisted living communities, seniors have access to a 24-hour, on-site licensed nurse and response system so they can feel safe and secure while continuing to enjoy dining, recreational, and support services.

Memory Care

When a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a memory disorder, their needs may change significantly. Memory Care specialists are trained to partner with residents, nurturing and celebrating daily successes in the midst of memory impairments that impact everyday routines. In a well-staffed age-in-place community, a resident who begins in independent or assisted living may transition to memory care without having to relocate to an entirely new community.

Nursing Home 

The term “nursing home” (also known as a "skilled nursing facility") is applied generally to communities that offer around-the-clock care for people who have long-term needs and can no longer take care of themselves but don’t require hospitalization. Not all facilities that call themselves nursing homes are alike. Some appear like medical facilities, while others feel more like a neighborhood. It is essential to tour these communities to make sure they fulfill your definition of the “good life”!

Hospice Care

When a resident’s illness becomes terminal and incurable, they may transition to hospice, where the caring, compassionate staff prioritizes comfort and dignity in end-of-life care. Hospice care can be provided in home, assisted living or a skilled nursing facility. 


What type of senior living is right for you or your loved one right now? What might you need in the future? To discover all the caring options Danbury Senior Living has to offer, schedule a tour at one of our 16 locations across Ohio. We look forward to meeting you.

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