Glossary

Independent Living Communities (ILC)

ILCs are designed for active and healthy (very few medical problems) seniors who wish to transition from home ownership responsibilities to fully-equipped private apartment independent living. 

Assisted Living Communities (ALC)

ALCs serve seniors who are no longer safe to live on their own but do not need high level daily nursing care. They require some assistance with their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as meal preparation, medication management, transportation and personal care (dressing, bathing, etc.). Typically, residents have their own private apartments with the added safety and security of 24/7 care and support.

Memory Care Communities (MCC) – (Alzheimer’s/Dementia)

MCCs are specifically designed to serve seniors (with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and/or other forms of memory loss issues) who require additional specialized nursing care. These special care units (SCUs) are locked, alarmed and staffed 24/7 with specially trained caregivers in adults with progressive memory loss.

Respite Care (RC)

RC or otherwise known as “short-term stay” at a senior living community. It can provide caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving while a loved one receives care in a safe environment.

Residential Care Home/Home Plus (RCH/HP)

RCHs/HPs are designed to provide a more personal, “home-like” atmosphere for seniors who do not need medical care but require some assistance with their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as meal preparation, medication management, transportation and personal care (dressing, bathing, etc.).  These care homes are typically located within residential homes in quiet neighborhoods and only serve between 8 to 10 seniors maximum. RCHs/HPs are ideal for seniors who do not want to transition to a larger senior community.

Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)

SNFs are designed for seniors who due to a high-acuity chronic illness, complex medical and/or cognitive condition require 24-hour skilled nursing and medical care. A move to this type of facility is typically on a long-term basis but in some instances, a short-term stay to receive skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapies after an accident, surgery or hospitalization may be required.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)

CCRCs are designed to provide seniors the ability to “Age in Place” by providing the continuum of care. To qualify as a CCRC, the facility has to offer Independent Living (IL), Assisted Living (AL), and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) all on one campus. This allows the senior to receive the necessary level of nursing and medical care without having to relocate to another facility or community.