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Senior Living Terms


Senior Living Terms

Senior Terms

May is Older Americans Month and we at Organizing Maniacs would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for our older clients.  They are some of the most fun, lively, and interesting clients we have worked with and we are grateful to them for allowing us into their lives.  There is still confusion around different resources available to the older population so we’ve put together a list of common senior living terms you may hear when helping decide the next steps for your parents, grandparents, or for yourself.


Aging in Place – When a person chooses to stay in their home, making the appropriate accommodations to the physical structure of the home and/or having professionals visit the home regularly to allow them to do so.


Independent Living – This is the term for any community built to house seniors.  Independent living is generally a good idea for seniors who need little help with day to day activities or medical care.  The layout of these communities is more conducive to seniors, and they often encourage residents to socialize and participate in community activities.


Assisted Living – An assisted living community looks different than an independent living community in a few crucial ways.  Assisted living generally has staff available around the clock and is more apartment-style living.  Some communities provide meal services in a common dining area and eliminate the need for individual kitchens.  This option also allows residents to share rooms.


Nursing Home – Nursing homes provide residents with more encompassing medical care than other facilities.  Nursing homes have licensed medical staff available to each resident, along with other community-based support and activities.


Continuing Care Retirement Community – These are communities that have all the above listed types of care available so that residents can move easily from one type to another as their needs change.  This is often helpful in minimizing the disruption a person feels when having to relocate to suit their needs.


Senior Move Managers ® – “Senior Move Management is the profession that assists older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or “aging in place.” Senior Move Managers® require a profound commitment to connecting with older adults and a desire to perform meaningful work.”  (Cited from https://www.nasmm.org/faqs/index.cfm)


Happy Organizing!



Cris Sgrott

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