A Guide to Senior Living Community Types

So, you’ve just started to look for a place for your parent or loved one and your head is spinning – so much information to absorb and new terms to understand! We’ve provided a helpful guide to help you understand the types of senior living communities and levels of care. Or if you prefer, call us at (262) 478-1500.

What is a continuum of care?

  • A continuum of care is an offering designed for independent seniors to provide a smooth transition as they age and may need additional health care. 
  • If a community provides a continuum of care, they can remain in the community where they are already happily living, adding health services as their needs change. No one likes to think much about future health problems – and by choosing a community with a continuum of care – you don’t have to. 
  • You can have peace of mind that should the need for increased care arise suddenly, you won’t need to make hasty decisions or leave your spouse, friends and community that you love.

Terova is a rental community with a full range of lifestyle and care options, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. A community like Terova gives you access to restaurant-quality dining and exceptional hospitality, arts and cultural opportunities, and a wide-range of amenities. Not all communities offer the same level of hospitality and opportunities to live a fresh life that we do at Terova. Make sure you find a place that anticipates your needs and makes you feel at home.

Ready to talk about how Terova might be right for you?
Call (262) 478-1500  and let’s get started!

What is a continuing care retirement community, Life Plan community or CCRC?

Continuing care retirement communities, Life Plan communities or CCRCs all different ways to describe a particular designation of senior living communities. Like Terova, they provide care along a continuum of health care needs – but they often require a large up-front entrance fee or “buy-in” to ensure their place at the community. As you explore different options for yourself or a loved one – make sure you’re comparing apples-to-apples when looking at services and costs by carefully examining what’s included in the contract.

What is an Independent Living community or lifestyle?

An Independent Living community is for active seniors who want to live a full life in a community setting. Independent Living communities, stand-alone or as part of a CCRC, are popular because they offer life-enriching programming, on-site dining, and stellar amenities. Many independent retirement communities provide services like cleaning, laundry, maintenance, and groundskeeping so you have the time and energy to pursue the things you love. Often, there is health care on-site, as well as fitness centers, pools, salons, and other resources.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living is a level of service provided at a senior living community, rather than in the home. Assisted living service providers have the resources and support to care for seniors who need help with everyday activities or suffer from health conditions that make mobility and self-care difficult. You might also hear it referred to as assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). When Assisted Living is offered as a part of a CCRC, it’s ideal because it means that the resident can remain part of the community and benefit from the spectacular amenities and social life they’ve become accustomed to.

What is Memory Care?

Memory Care is specialized Assisted Living for adults with memory loss including dementia-related diseases like Alzheimer’s. It’s important that those who live with memory loss receive the specialized care and programming provided by Memory Care communities or service providers. Everything within a Memory Care environment should be designed to help residents to be as safe and independent as possible.