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The Senior Living Spectrum

The Senior Living Spectrum

This bubble graph was created by to help seniors and caregivers understand the different levels of senior living (or senior care) and how they overlap. By plotting each type of care against the increasing level of supervision (or the decreasing level of independence) versus the cost, it can be easy to select the appropriate level of care. Each bubble also includes a short description. If you don’t understand all the terminology used in the senior care world, this pictorial presentation might help.

Also notable in the graph is the giant bubble labeled CCRC (Continuum Care Retirement Communities). These communities are growing in popularity for the rich because they provide care in the same community regardless of a senior’s requirements for care. It can be extremely expensive but it is the ultimate retirement plan for the wealthy where they can live an active social life when they are health and then still see their friends while staying in a skilled nursing center on the campus.

On the lower end of the costs spectrum is home care. This is typically a supplement to primary care giver who might work during the day and want someone to check in on “Mom”. These services can cost as little as 15 dollars per hour and provide peace of mind for a primary caregiver. They can also be used for seniors who live alone and need a driver or someone of make sure they are eating, bathing and taking their medicine as needed.


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