Differences Between Senior Apartments, Group Homes, and Assisted Living Facilities

There are many options available when it comes to housing for seniors, and a lot of what they choose is based upon their individual’s needs. However, a lot of these places can seem very similar, so let’s take a few minutes to see some of the differences between a few popular options. 

Senior Apartments

These are designed for seniors with a number of things in mind, including convenience and a limited number of stairs, in-unit laundry, and other physical characteristics. Living in apartments affords the senior an easier lifestyle, as there is no more yardwork or household repairs they need to worry about. These apartments are also age-restricted, so seniors are surrounded by those of similar age and interests. Normally, senior apartment complexes offer a limited number of organized social activities and very little in the way of additional services.

Group Homes

When one thinks of group homes, the first thing that may come to mind is younger people who may not be able to live with their families for one reason or another. However, group homes can also be exclusively for adults or seniors with chronic illnesses. Group homes are generally smaller in scale, with no more than six residents and one caregiver on-hand 24 hours a day. Group homes used to refer to facilities housing 8-16 people, but over the years this number has been reduced in most group homes.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living facilities are those which help residents with any activities related to day-to-day living. They generally have access to more advanced medical care, however these facilities are not intended for those who need intensive medical care or nursing care provided by nursing homes.

Some of the services that are offered in an assisted living facility include:

  • 24-hour supervision and security
  • Daily meals
  • Basic housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Health and exercise programs
  • Social programs
  • Transportation services
  • Access to medical services

Again, the type of facility you choose is dependent on the individual’s specific needs and what he or she would benefit the most from. There are a lot of things you should take into consideration before making a decision, and it could be helpful to consult a doctor or physician with any questions or concerns that you might have.