What are the different types of communities for seniors?

Florida is a popular retirement destination and not surprisingly, retirement living options abound. Let’s take a look at some of the different options for seniors.

Age-restricted (55+) communities usually require residents to be 55 years of age or older. Health care services are typically not provided in this type of community, unless brought in privately.

Independent living communities enable healthy, independent older adults to enjoy a lifestyle filled with recreational, social and educational opportunities. Often age restricted, these communities typically don’t provide health care services, unless brought in privately.

Assisted living facilities provide a special combination of residential housing and supportive health care services. Residents typically need help with some activities for daily living, enabling them to maintain as much independence as possible.

Memory care facilities can be attached to assisted living communities or stand alone. These communities specialize in caring for those diagnosed with some type of memory impairment. Buildings are usually designed with special features, and the staff receives training for coping with safety and behavioral issues, in addition to providing assistance with activities for daily living.

Nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities provide 24/7 nursing, for those in need of a higher level of care.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) provide seniors with a full spectrum of lifestyle and health care options. From independent and assisted living — all the way to skilled nursing care, usually provided on one campus. Often, an inclusive life care guarantee of healthcare is provided to residents.

We have them all right here in Brevard! To learn more, join me at the Center for Collaboration in Rockledge on Friday, March 1st for A Taste of Senior Living, hosted by One Senior Place. You can compare local communities, browse vendors and enjoy the chef competition for best appetizers and desserts! RSVP online at OneSeniorPlace.com or call 321-751-6771.

One Senior Place is a marketplace for resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families. Questions for this column are answered by professionals in nursing, social work, care management and in-home care. Send questions to askOSP@OneSeniorPlace.com, call 321-751-6771 or visit One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging. Lisa Conway is a Registered Nurse, Certified Care Manager and Certified Dementia Practitioner for Senior Partner Care Services, Viera. Ms. Conway hosts a monthly seminar, ‘Senior Health Friday with Nurse Lisa.’