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What are Senior Living Apartments?

Senior living apartments are rental units that include many of the amenities and care options desired by aging adults. They offer a community-like setting to promote social, emotional, and physical well-being. The apartments are designed with “Seniors First“, mindset from the get-go whereby the aging process is kept front and center. From non-skid floors in showers to sensory gardens for memory stimulation senior living apartments truly prioritize safety and well-being of their residents.

Key Features of Senior Living Apartments:

Housing Options: Senior living apartments come in various forms, including full-size apartments, cottages, or townhomes within a community setting. Residents may have a minimum age requirement, of 55+ or 60+ etc. The cost can also vary from low-moderate rentals to luxury living apartments.

Shared Amenities: These apartments offer shared amenities such as housekeeping, laundry, fitness centers, pools, spas, and salons on-site. Common areas often include dining rooms, movie theaters, and reading nooks.

Care Options: Senior living communities typically offer three types of apartments on the spectrum of various care needs: Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. Note that the term “Assisted Living”, is typically used as a general term to refer to all three types. While each community may have slight variations, the overarching goal is to provide tailored care and support to residents.

Comparing Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care:

Let's compare the typical amenities of the various types of senior living apartments. Note that each community may have slight variations or customizations of their own.


Independent Living

Assisted Living

Memory Care

Level of Care

Limited assistance with daily tasks; residents are mostly independent

Moderate assistance with daily activities likebathing, or dressing

Specialized care for individuals with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia

Floor Plans

Full-size Apartments

Apartments with a kitchenette or private rooms

Private or semi-private rooms within a secure environment (e.g., a fenced courtyard)


Onsite concierge service

Trained staff available; may include nurses or caregivers

Staff trained in dementia care; typically, higher staff-to-resident ratio

Medical Services

Limited medical services available on-site; residents may need to arrange for external healthcare providers

Medication management and access to medical care as needed

Specialized care for dementia-related symptoms, including behavioral management and cognitive therapies

Social Activities

Social events and recreational activities for an active lifestyle

Organized social activities, outings to foster social interaction

Tailored activities and programs to engage individuals with memory loss

Safety and Security

Generally secure environment with safety features (e.g., emergency call systems, security patrols)

Secure environment with assistance available 24/7; emergency call systems and safety features

Secured environment with measures to prevent wandering or elopement; staff trained in dementia care and crisis intervention

Rent Structure

Monthly rent typically includes a set number of meals

Monthly rent includes all meals, and care services; additional fees if higher level of personal care is needed

Monthly rent includes all meals and care services; additional fees for specialized services

Resident Demographic

For active, independent older adults seeking community connection and socialization

For individuals needing assistance with activities of daily living but still desire independence

For individuals with dementia or cognitive impairment requiring specialized care and supervision

The above table provides an overview of the key characteristics and differences between independent living, assisted living, and memory care settings. At Provital, we pride ourselves in knowing the amenities and intricacies of the various communities in your preferred location. Our goal is to match those amenities to your preferences so you end up in the most ideal senior living apartment that will meet your lifestyle goals for years to come.

Contact Us so we can serve your senior living and senior care needs at no cost to you.


The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical, legal, insurance, financial or any other professional advice.



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