Senior Living Overview

Senior Housing at a Glance

Whether you're looking for senior housing as a result of a medical condition or a desire for a lifestyle change, finding the perfect place can be a challenge. At Silver Fox we make it easy by connecting you to the best senior residences based on your specific needs and preferences. Below we've provided a brief overview of the different types of senior housing to give you a better understanding of the options available to you, so you can make the choice that's right for you or your loved one.

Independent Living

Independent Living (IL) communities offer apartment units, common areas and amenities and may offer some additional services, such as dining, concierge, events and à la carte basic assistance. Many Independent Living communities also offer Assisted Living services.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living (AL) communities are designed for individuals who desire some assistance but do not require the high level of care typically provided in Skilled Nursing Homes. Some Assisted Living communities also include a special neighborhood for residents with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Nursing Homes

Nursing Homes, also called Skilled Nursing Homes, provide 24/7 skilled nursing care for seniors who require a high level of assistance and medical care. Residences include private or shared rooms, dining facilities, and rehabilitation services for those recovering from injury, illness or surgery.

Memory Care

Memory Care is a form of long-term skilled nursing care for seniors with Alzheimer's, dementia or other memory problems. Memory care units, also called special care units (SCUs), provide 24/7 supervised nursing care in a separate wing or floor of an assisted living or other senior housing facility.

Residential Care Homes

Residential Care Homes, also referred to as Adult Family Homes, provide lodging, meal services and assistance to a small group of seniors. They offer a traditional residential setting for seniors who need assisted living but prefer a small, close knit community.

Respite Care

Respite Care is a short-term stay at a senior residency, such as an assisted living or memory care community, to provide temporary relief for the usual caregiver. Respite Care can include a single few hour session or overnight or extended sessions.

For more resources to help you select the perfect senior housing residence, check our Finance Guide,Tour Tips, and Selection Guide.