Residence or Community?
Many senior living options are available in different settings. Sometimes a typical home residence is best. In many cases the amenities and activities of a larger community will be the obvious choice.
Obviously, many seniors are quite self sufficient. An "IL" property provides a level of security, and often healthy meals, without significant care offerings.
"AL" properties offer a wide range of service and care. The "AL" option is frequently required when some level of care is needed. Amenities, activities and supervision round out a secure living plan.
Many seniors benefit from supervision, stimulation and specialized care in a residence or community that offers "memory care" programs. These serve individuals with mild or more severe dementia.
Unfortunately, some of us require medical care and supervision provided by properties offering 24 hour nursing. Skilled Nursing Facilities may be a temporary stay, but are needed in certain cases that cannot be served by AL or IL properties.