Understanding the basics of senior living communities

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Oasis Senior Advisors

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Aug 03, 2023

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There are thousands of senior living communities across the country. At Oasis Senior Advisors®, we are proud to offer a free service to seniors and families to help you navigate the many choices. The summaries below provide an introductory overview of the five general categories of communities. It’s important to note that licensing and terminology vary greatly from state to state – connect with your local advisor today, and they will help you understand these details in your area. Click the title below to learn more about each type of senior living community:

Independent Living

Assisted Living

Memory Care

Skilled Nursing Homes

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Every senior living community is different, as are the needs of each individual. There are thousands of senior housing options to choose from, which can make the selection process challenging. At Oasis Senior Advisors®, we are proud to offer compassionate senior placement and referral services for individuals and families from coast to coast. Our advisors have extensive knowledge of their local communities and will help you navigate your options.

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