When researching your senior living options, you may have come across several terms you have never heard of before. In this senior living glossary, we share with you what some of these commonly used terms mean in helping you make a well-informed decision for your needs.


No doubt, you would have read a lot about the amenities different senior living communities can offer. While this may differ between communities, there are some essentials you should look out for, such as a fitness center and common areas where residents can socialize. At SummerHouse Bay Cove, our stylish range of amenities also includes a well-stocked library, a waterfront veranda, and a bistro where residents can hang out for casual dining.

Assisted Living

Assisted living refers to a lifestyle option where residents can receive the help they need with a wide range of daily activities. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Assistance with bathing and grooming
  • Medication management
  • Escort assistance and ambulatory transfers
  • Continence management
  • Glucose monitoring and insulin management
  • … and more!

In all other aspects, residents will retain the freedom to choose how they wish to live their senior living lives.

Floor Plan

In a senior living community, residents have their own apartment homes and spend their days taking part in activities on campus. Senior living floor plans come in different layouts and sizes to suit a wide range of needs and preferences.

Independent Living

Independent living is a lifestyle option for residents who do not require help with activities of daily living. However, they choose to make the move to senior living for various reasons, including the desire to age in a safe and secure environment and the need to have socialization opportunities close on hand.

With independent living, residents are free to structure their lives any way they wish, knowing that the services and amenities they require are right on their doorsteps. Depending on the senior living community, this can include catered dining, housekeeping services, complimentary transportation, and more!

Memory Care

Memory care programs are specially designed for older adults living with a memory-related condition. As Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common cause of dementia, you will find dementia care and Alzheimer’s care available in many memory care communities. Trained and compassionate team members are in charge of the daily care of residents, and customized care plans ensure that each resident’s needs are met.

In addition to receiving the assistance they need to complete daily activities, interactive activities are in place to encourage resident involvement. This has the benefit of cultivating a sense of purpose and belonging as well as promoting the building of friendships.