Housing for Elderly

There are many types of housing for seniors citizens. Each provides its benefits and services dependent on what you are looking for. Finding the right one may seem overwhelming. Therefore, here at A1Care, we want to educate the public on the various types, facilities, communities, and living residents with hopes that you find the perfect place for your needs.

Independent Living communities

Independent living communities to the public are more known as retirement communities or homes. These commonly include independent apartments, condos, mobile homes or houses. You normally need to be a certain age to qualify to live in them, and some offer subsidized pricing for seniors.

This choice is for someone that is entirely independent who wants to be amongst others who are closer to their age. Many of these communities offer various social activities to join in on if you choose too.

Assisted Living residences

Assisted living residences are like independent living communities, but they also offer personal care services to the residents. Services can vary from individual tasks such as bathing, eating, running errands, or taking medications.

One significant difference between independent and assisted living communities is that assisted living can assist with early stages of dementia. Assisted living residences would be ideal for those who would like to be independent but needs mild assistance or needs help with dementia.

Nursing homes and SNIF

Nursing homes are also known as skilled nursing facilities. They provide personal care services as well as medical care. They are staffed with nurses and other health care professionals 24 hours of the day. Your stay here can be temporary or long term depending on the level of care needed.

This option is excellent for those seeking medical attention that can’t be provided at home and needs to be under the supervision of a registered nurse. Check with your medical insurance to see if it can cover the costs for this option.

Residential care homes

Residential care homes are privately own homes staffed with caregivers and an on-call nurse. These function like nursing home facilities as they can provide personal care assistance but are unable to provide medical aid unless they have a nurse on site.

These homes are ideal for a long term living situation that requires one on one care.

Room and boards

Room and boards are also residential homes owned privately. They offer private or shared rooms for rent with meals, yet they offer no personal care.

This option would be ideal for a senior who is independent and lives on a fixed low income.


Whichever needs you may have, we hope you found this article to be helpful in understanding your housing options. Feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have and we would love to help assist you at no extra expense to you.