A senior living community is simply a place where older adults live. There are various options for these communities and each one provides a different  type of service. Choosing the right one is established by considering the lifestyle and healthcare needs of the residents.

There are many reasons someone may choose to move into a senior living community. Loneliness is one reason, as many older adults who are living alone want to be around peers. It may also become difficult for older adults to tend to the duties of their homes, so a senior living community promises help with that, as well. For communities that focus on providing health services, it could be that the family of the senior is unable to provide them with a safe living environment.

Three types of senior living communities are active adult communities, independent living communities, and assisted living residences.

Active adult communities are simply neighborhoods made for older adults. They usually have a rule that the residents must be at least 55 years of age. These communities may include houses, townhouses, apartments, or even mobile homes. The residents of these active adult communities are fully-independent and have no trouble living on their own. They take care of  themselves and manage their own households with no help from the community itself.

For the older adult who craves social, recreational, or educational opportunities and are fully independent, an active adult community can be a great option.

Independent living communities share many similarities with active adult communities, in that most of the residents are able to take care of themselves. They do not require assistance with activities such as bathing, dressing, or taking their medications. Many independent living communities offer meals, housekeeping, laundry, and transportation, but this is more for convenience of the residents.

In these communities, older adults can either rent or buy their own units. Independent living is a great option for older adults who are still active, social, and have a craving for community living, but are not yet in need of personal care or medical help.

Finally, assisted living communities provide long-term housing and care for older adults. Those who live in these communities are generally active, but they are beginning to need some assistance with their activities of daily living, like bathing or dressing. They provide personalized care, meals, and a wide variety of social activities to provide the benefits of social activities for various interests in a safe, residential setting.

One benefit of assisted living communities is the peace of mind for family members that allow them to rest in the knowledge that their loved one is being taken care of and receiving the necessary support, while still enjoying the company of the other residents and the staff. Older adults who choose to live in an assisted living community are usually beginning to require some help with their activities, and many communities make an effort to make it feel warm and inviting, just like home. Many provide amenities such as gardens, fitness centers, chapels, pools, movie theaters, salons and barbershops.

With so many options that are available for consideration, determining  which type of senior living community is best can seem overwhelming. However, there are services available through senior living advisors in many communities to help with the decision-making process.

Consideration of the needs, expectations and desires of the older adult can help find the right care and make the best choice.


Regency Senior Living in Augusta is dedicated to providing our residents with a welcoming and comfortable environment where they can thrive and enjoy life – just like at home.

From our well-trained and kind staff to amenities that create a strong sense of community and friendship, our focus is on offering quality care that is attentive, thoughtful, and personal.

With plentiful activities that engage residents with each other and our staff, new neighbors become new friends in an easy-going and relaxing small-town setting that encourages laughter, joy, and fun.

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