How To Choose

Senior housing communities and other residential options vary widely, so if you're considering a move, it's best to first identify what is most important to you:

  • What location do you prefer?
  • What amenities or services do you want or need?
  • What can you afford?
  • What types of activities, including religious services, are important to you?

Once you've considered your values, your needs and your preferences, visit some settings, ask questions and take lots of notes.

Following is a description of the various types of residential buildings serving seniors. You will also find a description of various programs available in these buildings and some other commonly used terms.