If you’re ready to begin finding the right senior living community, you know there are a lot of options out there. It can be a maze trying to find the ideal fit and appropriate level of care when needed. Even if you’re in a hurry to find a senior living residence, it’s important to search carefully and pay close attention to how a community actually operates. After all, it will be your home.

The resources in this section offer background on senior living to help you understand commonly used terms (like “continuing care retirement community”) and arm you with the questions you should be asking at each stage. When you’re ready to learn more about specific levels of care or to tour a specific community, click the links at the top.

“People would always say, ‘We wish we had come here five years earlier.’ So we thought: What are we waiting for? Let’s get on with it!”

Richard Stoller

“It’s sort of an inherent thing here, sort of contagious. If you’re with a group of people who are jolly and caring, you become that kind of person.”

Shirley McCulloch