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John and Katherine have been living at home since their retirement. Now in their 80s, they're finding it harder to take care of the family home, and they're concerned about what might happen should their health decline later. They'd like to find an apartment where they can continue their independent lifestyle, but where they will find it easy to get help and care if they need it later on?


Choosing Senior Housing and Residential Care is a difficult and important process. Every human being, in old age, comes full cycle to needing others to help them with their personal needs. Some seniors have few such needs; others have many physical, mental, and emotional needs.


Seniors may need help with:

  • cooking
  • eating
  • bathing
  • using the toilet
  • finding companionship
  • participating in recreation
  • mobility in the living space
  • transportation around the community
  • medical care on a daily basis 

The senior and their caregivers or advocates must match the senior's needs to the available senior housing and residential care facilities. In addition, the senior and their caregivers need to consider carefully the financial capabilities of the senior and their family for covering the costs of a chosen facility.


What are the types of senior housing and residential care?
The senior, advocate, or caregiver must make a choice from among the types of senior housing and residential care. The primary choices available are:

  • Independent Living: a community of seniors living in an apartment complex or retirement community, with no custodial or medical care
  • Congregate Housing: Independent Living in a senior apartment, with the added services of custodial and medical care
  • Assisted Living Facility: a group home consisting of private rooms or apartments, with assistance in activities of daily living, but little medical care
  • Board-and-Care Home: a small Assisted Living Facility
  • Nursing Home (Skilled Nursing Facility): a facility with 24-hour medical care available, in addition to custodial care
  • Continuing-Care Retirement Community: a residential community for the remainder of one's life, with a choice of services and living situations, based on changing needs at each point in time

What are the personal service and medical needs of your senior?
First, assess the needs of your senior. Senior residences and senior care facilities offer different composites of care. Choose a facility based on the kind of care required by the senior.


Consider the following needs:

  • 24-hour medical care
  • Intermittent medical care
  • Reminders about or administration of medications
  • Supervision of or reminders about daily activities
  • Transportation
  • Shopping
  • Help with exercising
  • Social, religious, or educational activities
  • Help with one or more of the following Activities of Daily Living:
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
    • Grooming
    • Cooking
    • Eating
    • Using the toilet
    • Moving around a room
  • Help with special needs:
    • Alzheimer's
    • Parkinson's
    • Respite Care (relief for caregivers who need some time away from the needy senior)
    • Short-term medical care (after a stay in a hospital for an illness or procedure)

Which living arrangements can meet the needs of your senior?
After you familiarize yourself with the primary types of senior housing and residential care, you can consider which is best for fulfilling your senior's needs. A number of reputable organizations offer help in choosing the best housing and care combination. Some organizations provide checklists for comparing facilities, once you have chosen a type of housing and care.


The main factors to keep in mind are:

  • Cost
  • Privacy
  • Independence
  • Medical care
  • Custodial care
  • Care for special needs

How can you pay for senior care and residential housing?
Senior Housing and Residential Care is very costly. For a discussion of this topic, refer to Helpguide's Payment Options for Senior Housing and Residential Care.




Heritage Enterprises Inc.
115 W. Jefferson St., Suite 401
P.O. Box 3188
Bloomington IL 61702-3188
PH: (309) 828-4361
FAX: (309) 829-5477

Heritage Operations Group is proud to provide the senior population in Illinois with rehabilitative therapy services, skilled nursing care, specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and supportive living, independent living and pharmacy services.


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