Submitted by Pablo Retana on February 27, 2015 16:10
The right answer depends on your family member’s needs and what each setting has to offer. For example, independent living facilities are ideal for active seniors who can thrive in a community but still treasure their privacy. Many include studio or multi-bedroom apartments with kitchens to promote independence.
Continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) are more suitable for seniors who require a transition from independent living to skilled nursing care in a single place. CCRCs also feature multi-bedroom apartments for more independent residents as well as private or shared rooms for residents who require more care.
Assisted living facilities are designed for seniors who must be cared for and supervised but are not quite in the skilled nursing care phase yet. Private or semi-private rooms within a complex are available.
Board and care facilities offer more of an advantage for physically- or mentally-disabled seniors who nonetheless do not need round the clock skilled nursing care. Usually a large home or other type of complex with private or semi-private rooms and communal dining.