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With thousands of photos, reviews, and information for elder care communities,
you can't find a more complete senior care resource. Follow our 3 step approach to find the best senior care and living options.

Step 1

Consider Level of Care

If you don't understand the different levels of senior care and lifestyles available, check out our graphic representation of all the senior living options.

Our resources will help you better understand a variety of creative retirement options, outside of traditional retirement homes. From moving abroad for less expensive care to buying into a CCRC for high-end care or communities with an emphasis on Active Living.

Senior Living is a broad term that includes some of the following options:

Independent Living
Assisted Living
Memory Care
Nursing Homes
Housing
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Personal Care
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Step 2

Determine Financial Needs

Once you know what type of care you want or need, it is time to think about paying for it. First, think if you might qualify as part of a special interest or special needs group. Do you have special needs and potentially special services available to you?

If you qualify to be part of one of these programs, they can have a big impact on the cost of care and the level of service.

These can include:

There are also some other financial factors that can have a major impact on selecting the best care. Here are some other articles to help you think about your options.

Step 3

Find Local Options

Once you understand your care options and financial position, it is time identify an area you’d prefer to reside. A large majority of folks end up living locally or within miles of a relative. To find living options in your desired location, enter your zip code below.

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Senior Resources & Guides

Visit our Senior Living Library to read timely and informative articles
for not only seniors, but also family members and caregivers.

  • Caregiving

    What type of care fits your needs? Learn about types of professional caregivers, family leave laws, and family caregiver support.

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  • Finance

    The earlier you plan for senior housing and medical expenses, the more value you can get per dollar. Financial planning can pay off and brings peace of mind.

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  • Healthcare

    What are the most common senior health issues? Get current data about Alzheimer’s, heart disease, osteoporosis and other conditions.

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  • Housing

    Americans age 50+ have exclusive options for adults-only housing. Learn about active adult communities, nursing homes & other senior housing setups.

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  • Retirement

    Retirement tips including Medicaid rules, estate planning, guardianship, finding a reputable adviser and other financial planning.

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  • Research

    Sometimes the easiest way to understand trends and concepts is through data and visualizations. See current research and graphics about senior care.

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Elder Care Experts

We strive to be the most complete and unbiased source of lifestyle information for senior
citizens and caregivers of seniors and realize we can't accomplish it alone. Hence the reason why
we're sourcing expert advisors to lend advice to our readers in their given expertise.

We're constantly updating our data and finding new ways to help!

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    How to Approach a Person with Alzheimer's

  • Rabbi Richard Address D.

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    • Aging And Mortality
    • Healthy Aging

    The Power of Relationships and Pathways to Longevity

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