Senior Living Education Series: Types of Senior Living


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Mar 12, 2024


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At Sagora Senior Living we are constantly creating new experiences to engage our residents and find exciting ways to showcase our amazing communities and how we truly embrace each moment we create together! This year we are introducing a new segment that you will see occasionally on our blog. The Sagora Senior Living Education Series will be featured from time to time and will provide useful information to help educate our community.


Our first Sagora Senior Living Education piece is a deep dive into the different types of senior living! According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “the number of people at least 65 years old who will need to move to senior living communities at some point is predicted to rise from 15 million in 2000 to 27 million by 2050.” A time may come when you or your loved one decide that moving to a more supportive environment like a senior living community is the best way to age optimally and ensure access to quality care. The options and information can be a bit overwhelming. Read on to learn more about your options and which type of community might be right for you or your loved one.


What Are Senior Living Communities, Exactly?

Senior living communities are communities or housing arrangements designed to cater to the living requirements of older adults and provide safe, healthy, and comfortable long-term care. Some communities cater to the general needs of older adults, such as physical accessibility, while others are specifically designed for people with chronic cognitive health conditions like dementia. Senior living communities may also provide recreational and fitness facilities, housekeeping services, continuing education opportunities, transportation assistance, medical care services and other essential and non-essential services to support residents in everyday life.


Signs It’s Time to Consider Senior Living

According to Richard Marottoli, M.D., a geriatrics specialist at Yale Medicine in Connecticut, it’s time to consider senior living if you feel isolated in your current living environment and want more of a community. Senior living communities may also be best for you if home maintenance and upkeep become too bothersome or if you worry about leaving your home unattended when traveling, he adds.


Sarah Hobgood, M.D., a geriatrics specialist at VCU Health in Richmond, Virginia, agrees with Dr. Marottoli, adding that it’s time to consider senior living if:

  • You need help with instrumental activities of daily living (ADLs) like planning your meals, shopping for groceries, and managing your medications.
  • You experience social isolation or a decline in how often you go out and engage with peers.
  • You’ve lost your partner or other family members in the home.
  • You’ve been diagnosed with memory problems.


Different Types of Senior Living Communities

Just like people, not every senior living community is created equal. Consider how the various types of communities differ as you assess the needs of yourself or your loved one. While there are 7 main types of senior living, at Sagora Senior Living we specialize in the 4 most common options – Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Respite Services.


Independent living (Offered at Sagora Senior Living Communities)

Designed for older adults looking to enjoy the benefits of a community while maintaining their freedom. Independent living offers basic services including dining options and regular housekeeping. Independent living comes in many forms, from subsidized senior housing to continuing care retirement communities. This can be a great introduction to senior housing as it provides the best of both worlds.


At Sagora Senior Living’s Independent Living communities, you wake up and the day is yours and yours alone. Our comfortable apartments and cottages, unparalleled service and numerous amenities mean you can truly embrace the retirement lifestyle you deserve!


Assisted Living (Offered at Sagora Senior Living Communities)

Balancing the line between independent living and additional support care are assisted living services. This option can be perfect for those needing a little more assistance. With on-call staff, trained chefs, scheduled activities and more, assisted living communities are a popular option for many aging Americans.


At Sagora Senior Living, we understand having people you can depend on is important. Our Assisted Living communities provide additional support services and personal care for our residents when needed. Our team members aim to maximize your independence and comfort. This, combined with our five-star amenities, relaxing living spaces and enriching activities, gives you a peaceful home with a family of people you can trust.


Memory Care (Offered at Sagora Senior Living Communities)

This specialized senior housing option caters to a safe and secure environment for those suffering from illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Offering around-the-clock care, residents receive the attention they need.


Sagora Senior Living’s memory care program is designed to meet the dynamic needs of families and seniors dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory-related diseases. We have experienced and compassionate team members that provide love and comfort to our residents every day. It is our mission to cherish and support our residents in every way possible to ensure a complete and fulfilling life. Consistent sights, sounds, aromas, and objects increase comfort and decrease anxiety. Residents have the freedom to interact with others or have privacy. Team Members’ communication with residents soothes and helps redirect their focus to positive memories and activities. We care, and it shows.


Respite Services (Offered at Sagora Senior Living Communities)

Are you a caregiver looking for support? Respite services may be the solution to help your loved one live in place. Respite services provide professional assistance with daily activities and provide a break from the emotion and physical toll of caregiving.


At Sagora Senior Living, we provide short term respite care in our Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities. Our caregivers provide the assistance and companionship you need in order to maintain your lifestyle and care while your caregiver is away. We know that one size does not fit all! That’s why we develop personal plans tailored to meet your specific needs and goals.


Residential Care Homes

For those not requiring 24-hour assistance, residential care homes can be the right fit. They offer a certain level of independence while providing assistance with daily activities. These communities help with everything from transportation to medication distribution to make day-to-day life a little easier.


Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing homes are unique in that they provide 24-hour medical care. Staffed with in-house nurses, doctors and other medical practitioners, skilled nursing facilities provide a high level of assistance for those with medical conditions.


Retirement Community/55+ Community

Get social and stay active at a traditional retirement community. With several styles of communities, from age-restricted active adult communities to leisure communities, there are options available for almost any senior. Retirement communities make up for their lack of in-home care with greater resident autonomy, superior amenities, and far-reaching social platforms.


What Experts Say About Choosing the Right Senior Living Community

“Whether an older adult should move to a senior-specific residence, and which one, if so, is highly dependent on individual circumstances,” says Brock Beamer, M.D., a geriatrician with the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center in Maryland. Generally, your choice of senior living communities will depend on affordability, proximity to family and friends, and available residences in the geographical area you wish to live in, explains Dr. Beamer.


Meanwhile, Dr. Hobgood, recommends considering the complexity of any medical conditions you may have and what kind of senior living community might be able to cater to your health needs now and years in the future. She advises that you also think about how much you prefer socializing with other people and whether you might prefer aging in place in the future (and what kind of resources you might need to make that arrangement a sustainable one).


Before making a decision, visit any communities you’re interested in, and spend as much time as possible to get a sense of what living there might look like, advises Dr. Marottoli. Also, speak with people who live there to get their views on the benefits and drawbacks of living in the community. Furthermore, consider a community’s proximity to your health care providers, family members and friends, transportation resources and activities you’re involved in, says Dr. Marottolo. By considering these factors, you can make your move and transition into a senior living environment a more seamless and comfortable one. Ultimately, it’s about finding a place where you or your loved one feels respected, listened to, and cared for.


We are proud to play a vital role in helping seniors live longer and the best life possible. With 62 communities in 12 different states, Sagora Senior Living offers seniors the chance to live in active, social communities where they can thrive on a daily basis. 

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Signs that may indicate its time for this new phase could include: Activities of daily living: If once-simple tasks like cooking, cleaning or even bathing have become increasingly difficult or unsafe, it might be a sign that additional support is needed.Isolation and loneliness: Seniors who find themselves feeling isolated due to limited social interactions or lack of transportation can greatly benefit from the vibrant community environment of an assisted living community.Healthcare needs: If medical conditions are demanding more attention and assistance, residing in a place where healthcare professionals are readily available can provide peace of mind.Cognitive decline: For individuals grappling with memory-related challenges like Alzheimers or dementia, an assisted living setting equipped with memory care programs like Anthology of Millis, which offers independent living, assisted living and memory care can offer specialized care and cognitive engagement. Why Choose Assisted Living? Assisted living communities are designed to provide seniors with the support they need while encouraging independence and social engagement. From personalized care plans to vibrant activities, these senior living communities offer a balance between maintaining autonomy and receiving assistance with daily tasks, ensuring a high quality of life. Navigating the Transition Making the move to assisted living is a big step, but its important to remember that its not a step backward. Its a proactive choice to ensure a fulfilling and supported future. Here are some tips to navigate this transition: 1. Start early: plan and prepare The journey toward assisted living should ideally begin with open conversations among family members, caregivers and the seniors themselves. Starting early allows everyone involved to understand the needs, preferences and concerns of the senior. This early planning stage also provides an opportunity to explore various assisted living options, research facilities and consider the available amenities. 2. Research and visit communities Not all assisted living communities are the same, so take the time to research and visit different options. Consider factors such as location, amenities, activities, medical care and staff-to-resident ratios. Visiting the communities allows seniors and their families to get a feel for the environment and ensure it aligns with their lifestyle and preferences. For seniors wanting a charming community surrounded by cafes, parks, museums and shopping, Anthology of Natick could be a perfect fit. And for seniors who want a more quiet, rural retirement, Anthology of Farmington combines the beauty of rural life with the appeal of suburban amenities, just 10 minutes from Hartford, Connecticut. 3. Receive a personalized care assessment At Anthology, we emphasize personalized senior care, tailoring our services to meet the unique needs of each resident. A comprehensive care assessment helps our experts understand the specific requirements of the individual. 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Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for an Assisted Living Community

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At every stage of life, forging meaningful friendships can be tough, and especially so during times of transition. It is common to adopt fears of loneliness and hesitations to form new friendships. However, making friends when moving to an assisted living community can also be deeply rewarding and important for overall well-being.According to a recent CDC report on healthy aging, loneliness and social isolation are serious health risks that affect a significant number of older adults in the United States. While it is hard to accurately measure the effects of loneliness and social isolation, this report states that the health risks due to a lack of strong relationships can include dementia, heart disease, and stroke. The CDC suggests that, as people are social by nature, high-quality social relationships can help them live longer, healthier lives.At Dayspring Villa, it is top priority to promote an inclusive culture where each persons passions and growth are fully engaged with purpose, honoring them wherever they are in the rhythm of their life. Doing so encourages autonomy and choice, which opens the door for deeper connections based on common interests.Community begins with connection, and there are a variety of ways to make meaningful friendships in assisted living communities. Get to Know the Activities CalendarMany assisted living communities have no shortage of activities and programs available for residents to take part in, which may be developed with or led by residents. The variety of engaging activities help spark and strengthen relationships among residents who are able to connect through shared hobbies, interests and beliefs. Whether you enjoy fitness classes with a larger group, card games with a few close friends, creative projects, bible study, or are interested in pursuing a new hobby, the community calendar will likely have something for you!Make Meals a Social EventFor many, a shared meal can be an opportune time for stimulating conversation and connection. Asking a neighbor to share a meal with you, sitting with new groups in the dining areas, or even inviting a trusted family member or friend to accompany you to a meal are ways to meet new people in assisted living communities.Many assisted living communities are also open to new ideas that will elevate and customize the dining experience. Being open to sharing feedback on the menu, offering to share a personal recipe, or even suggesting an experience that would get community members involved in cooking provides meaningful moments that promote friendship.Embrace the LocationAnother way to make friendships is to explore what your surrounding neighborhood has to offer. Depending on the location, there could be a variety of community activities and ways to connect with new cultures by exploring shops, museums, community organizations, parks, and more.Many assisted living communities, including Dayspring Villa, coordinate community outings with transportation provided as a way to provide a variety of interactive ways to forge new friendships.Embracing Eden Principles at Dayspring Villa Developing meaningful relationships is no small feat. Similar to the task in other phases of life, making friends in a new assisted living community may take some time and it is likely that many of your neighbors are experiencing the same feelings. Collective feelings are what has created and sustained the collaborative and holistic approach to assisted living at Dayspring Villa, all shaped by the Eden Alternative and the Rhythms Life Enrichment program.The principles of the Eden Alternative have been adopted by hundreds of homes in the US, Canada, and Australia with the core belief being that aging should be a period of growth rather than decline. Following this same belief, Dayspring Villa uses the guiding philosophy of Being Well Known, meaning that the culture is shaped by each persons unique life story, personal experiences, and gifts that are honored by the community. Ultimately, the act of friendship could be said to follow that same philosophy too, spurred from unique perspectives and understanding.  Dayspring Villa strongly believes in the value of friendship.  Along with the robust activities calendar, the prime Denver location full of both urban and suburban amenities and the addition of partner programs such as Duet Dining, Dayspring Villa is committed to putting the community members and their ability to form friendships as a top priority.When planning a visit or a move to a senior living community, ask about the programs and resident groups available. Have a unique passion or hobby that isnt already on the calendar? Ask a neighbor or a team member how you can start a new class or plan an excursion. You may be surprised to see how many of your neighbors share the same interests.

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