Senior living combines housing with services focused on engagement, health and wellness, hospitality, personal care, and dining and nutrition.
What is Senior living?
Senior living communities offer options such as assisted living, independent living, memory care, and continuing care. Across the country, approximately 2 million seniors call these communities home.
As a critical part of the health care continuum, senior living critically needs federal financial relief to offset added expenses and support the future of operations.
Who Are Our Residents and Staff?
Senior living communities provide care to the population most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.
Our residents, on average, are over 85, have multiple chronic conditions, and need support with activities of daily living. Over 40% of them have some level of cognitive impairment.
Our nearly 1 million staff are the front-line workers working tirelessly to keep residents safe and out of hospitals, acting as a backstop to hospitals and the broader healthcare system.
Senior Living Communities Are Not Nursing Homes
Senior living communities support a social model with personal care and health services. They are regulated in all 50 states with oversight by a state regulatory agency to ensure compliance.
Nursing homes support a medical model, designed for those who may have more critical needs, and are regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.)
Additionally, senior living is largely private-pay and many nursing homes receive government funding or support.