Senior Housing by
The variety of housing and lifestyle options available to persons 55 and older today is remarkable. By some estimates there are now over 60,000 facilities and communities designed just for this age group, all varying to one degree or another in size, design, purpose, function, composition, price and character.
The specific way that any given facility operates may be as unique as the needs and preferences of the individuals who occupy it. The lifestyle may range from the complete independence of a golfing community to the highly structured and regulated environment of a skilled nursing facility.
Despite the great diversity of senior housing today, the five categories listed below have become widely accepted for providing a basic understanding to consumers. The better you understand these categories, the better you will be able to focus your housing search on facilities or communities that are suited to your needs. The purpose of this page is to explain the categories and get you started successfully on your search for appropriate facilities in your area.
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