Discover the Different Types of Retirement Communities: A Beginner's Guide

Different Types of Retirement Communities-

Nowadays, there are quite a few different types of retirement communities, and it can be challenging to find one that's the right fit for you. When looking for a new place to call your home, take into consideration the amenities and services that each provides, as we outline below.

Independent Living Communities

For seniors who want to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle after retirement, independent living communities are a great option. These communities are known for their vast amenities, which may include fine dining options, fitness centers, and community events. Most communities also take care of all indoor and outdoor maintenance — and sometimes housekeeping services. The living areas provided in these communities are typically spacious apartments or small single-family homes.

If you are an adult over 55 who wants to live independently in a social community of similar individuals, then an independent living community might be right for you.

Assisted Living Communities

Assisted living communities are similar to independent living communities in that they often offer a wide range of amenities, but they also offer daily assistance to seniors based on each individual's needs. This assistance varies from help with dressing, bathing, and managing medications. The living spaces in these communities are typically studio or one-bedroom apartments.

Older adults who want to live independently but also need some minor help with everyday tasks may find assisted living communities to be a good fit. However, seniors should keep in mind that assisted living can only provide so much assistance, and those who need help with tasks multiple times a day should consider another option.

Skilled Nursing Communities

Skilled nursing communities are often confused with nursing homes or long-term care facilities. However, they differ in that skilled nursing communities typically offer specialized medical care for individuals with chronic health conditions.

These types of communities, unlike some others, offer both short-term and long-term living options. Older adults with chronic health conditions may choose to stay in a skilled nursing community permanently, while those who need to recover from an acute illness or injury may stay temporarily for a few months.

Memory Care Communities

Memory care communities are designed to provide care for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. However, some memory care communities provide end-of-life care while others may not.

If you or your family member is struggling with a memory-related disease, a memory care community might be a great fit. Not only do these communities provide assistance with daily living tasks, but they also continuously work with each individual to better their health. 

Edgemere’s senior living community offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, and short-term rehab. With their attention to detail and celebrating each resident’s lifestyle, the community continues to exceed the expectations of senior living in Dallas, Texas. To learn more about what’s new at Edgemere’s premier senior living community, call (214) 225-7990.