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What Is a Senior Living Community?


As you start to think about where you want to live in retirement, you’ll encounter a wide range of senior living options. A quick online search will bring up everything from senior housing and 55+ apartments to retirement communities, senior living communities and more. Knowing the differences between these types of senior living can help you narrow down your search and ultimately find the right fit for you.

Understanding Senior Living Options

Senior housing refers to residential living options for older adults age 55+, and this includes 55+ senior apartments. Some services may be included with this type of 55+ senior housing, such as lawn care and exterior maintenance, but they typically don’t offer dining services, campus amenities and programming.

Senior living communities and retirement communities offer more than senior housing — they offer a residential setting for older adults to engage in community life and enjoy amenities and services on campus. These are vibrant communities where residents are encouraged to live life to the fullest every day. Senior living communities may offer a range of living options, from townhomes and cottage homes to apartments and condominiums.

Sometimes people assume “senior living” is the same as a nursing home, but this is not the case! Senior living communities today are built for active older adults who aren’t slowing down anytime soon. With restaurant-style dining, resort-style amenities, and engaging activities and programs, senior living communities are far from the stereotypical nursing home.

Planning for Future Care

Choosing a senior living community instead of senior housing is a smart move for older adults who want to be part of an active community with health care options and a solid plan for the future. There are a wide variety of senior living options available to accommodate your changing needs; finding the right solution for you can help you live life to the fullest with the care and support you need at every stage.

Senior living communities are designed to meet your needs as you age, with options for independent living and various levels of care. Some communities offer one or more levels of care, such as assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. If you choose a community that offers a continuum of senior care, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ll have convenient access to quality care if your needs ever change.

Enjoy the Full Benefits of Community Life

Senior living communities offer an array of thoughtful services, amenities and everyday conveniences that make life easier — and a lot more fun! If you love to travel, you can enjoy a lock-and-leave lifestyle with the freedom to go visit family or travel around the world. You don’t have to worry about upkeep of your home while you’re gone, because your residence will be well maintained and secure in a senior living community.

Life in a retirement community is full of opportunities to live each day exactly as you want. You can be as active as you choose to be, and you’ll never run out of things to do. Some of the best benefits of senior living communities include:

  • Being part of a warm and friendly community with lots of opportunities for social interaction and building friendships
  • Freedom from the burdens of homeownership, with the benefits of a maintenance-free lifestyle that gives you the freedom to spend more time doing what you want
  • Simplified budgeting with one predictable monthly bill that covers your residence, meals, utilities and more
  • An exceptional dining program with nutritious and delicious meals prepared by a professional chef
  • An abundance of services and amenities that promote healthy aging Organized opportunities to find new hobbies and follow your passions
  • Round-the-clock safety and security, giving you and your family peace of mind
  • Priority access to health care services, if needed

Discover Unparalleled Senior Living

Our senior living communities inspire healthy aging with an array of wellness programs, fitness activities, social events, educational opportunities and cultural activities. You could relax by the pool, join an art class, attend a BBQ party with neighbors or check out your favorite board games in the games library. When you visit our beautiful communities and meet our residents, you’ll see why moving to a senior living community is one of the best decisions you can make!

At Royal Park Place, a retirement community in Zeeland, MI, you live by your schedule, your way, and stay as active as you'd like. Contact us today to schedule a tour of Royal Park Place.

At Victorian Village in Homer Glen, IL, you’ll enjoy a warm community of older adults, enjoying their retirement years together while getting the assistance they need. With Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation on-site, you can live with greater confidence and less worry about the future. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a tour of Victorian Village.





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