What is Senior Housing?

Like everything else in life, our housing needs change as we grow older. Adapting to these changes enables you and/or your loved one to live well now and prepare for the future. Senior housing places a stronger emphasis than traditional housing on accessibility, adaptability, safety and security. Housing options for older adults range from master-planned communities for ages 55+ to nursing homes that provide 24-hour care.

As you consider the different options, make a list of personal needs — financial, physical, mental and emotional — and schedule tours of the places that meet those needs. The best housing option for one person may not be a comfortable fit for someone else. Search our senior housing listings now, or call 1-833-MY-SENIOR to get answers to any questions you may have.

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Care Centers

When safety and isolation are concerns, it may make sense to move out of a family home and into a comfortable, homelike care center. There are opportunities for social interaction during meals and activities. Residents are usually more active in a group setting than they are when living alone, even as their physical abilities fluctuate.

Nursing Homes

Often referred to as transitional rehabilitation centers or skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes offer physician-directed care in a residential setting rather than a hospital. Care may be temporary or permanent. Residents receive help with most basic activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, etc.) from an interdisciplinary medical team. Physical, speech and occupational therapists work together at a skilled nursing facility and help residents maintain or increase their strength and independence.

Some nursing homes have semi-private rooms, but most offer private rooms that resemble a suite. Meals may be served in restaurant-like dining rooms or delivered right to resident rooms. Daily activities offer opportunities for social interaction and entertainment.

How much does a nursing home cost?

The 2019 national monthly median cost for a private room in a nursing home was $8,517. Medicare Part A covers up to 100 days in a skilled nursing facility after qualifying hospital stays. Additional benefits for long-term care are available through Veterans Affairs, Medicaid and some insurance policies.

Short- or Long-Term Care Options

Whether you need a temporary place to regain your strength after surgery or your loved one requires more care than you are able to offer, skilled nursing facilities offer a variety of care options. Search our listings to find a nursing home in your area. Or, contact a Care Advisor at 1-833-MY-SENIOR for more information.