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Demystify Senior Living Terminology with Our Free Guide

By | 2019-09-09T09:51:21+00:00 September 9th, 2019|

Life plan community, naturally occurring retirement community, retirement village, active adult community … When you are researching senior living and care options, do you ever feel like you need a dictionary in order to keep track of all of the industry lingo? You’re not alone. All of these different, yet similar, terms can be extremely confusing.

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A new problem for a new generation of seniors

The senior living industry has evolved dramatically over the years, producing a variety of alternatives. As a result, a lot of new terminology has been created to describe the nuances between different senior housing and care options.

That’s why we have developed a glossary for the language now used by the senior living industry. Set up in alphabetical order, The Ultimate Guide to Senior Living Terminology is a free download from myLifeSite, which clearly lays out the vocabulary used for various senior living and care options.

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What you’ll learn in this free guide

Our guide covers more than 20 of the most common—yet often confused—terms you might hear or read as you do your senior living research. Here are just a few examples:

♦ Active Adult Community: An age-restricted, planned community designed for people ages 55 and above. An active adult community typically provides single-family homes along with amenities such as a clubhouse, pool, etc. Resident’s pay homeowners’ association dues for outdoor maintenance and other community services.

♦ Advanced (High-Acuity) Assisted Living: High-acuity assisted living is designed to accommodate people whose needs are greater than the care available in a traditional assisted living environment, yet not high enough to require the type of 24-hour medical assistance available in skilled nursing care.

♦ Home Care Services Provider: A form of in-home care that delivers non-medical services in the home, i.e., assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). Some home care service providers are even hired for companion services. Licensing may not be required for this type of care. These providers also may be contracted for services in an independent living community for residents whose needs have progressed.

♦ Lifecare Community: A lifecare community is a form of a life plan community (or continuing care retirement community) that offers residents a lifecare contract. This is a residency contract whereby certain long-term care and/or nursing care services are provided at no additional charge to the resident.

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Download the guide for free!

This is just a taste of the senior living industry vernacular that we cover in The Ultimate Guide to Senior Living Terminology. If you have ever felt like information on senior living and care options is written in a foreign language, this guide is for you! Download it, then print it to keep as a handy reference guide.

>> Download The Ultimate Guide to Senior Living Terminology now…it’s free!

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About the Author:

Brad Breeding is president and co-founder of myLifeSite, a North Carolina company that develops web-based resources designed to help families make better-informed decisions when considering a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) or lifecare community.