Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit 11 Article Housing As America’s population continues to age and live longer, children and family members may at some point face the decision of eventually moving a loved one into a senior living community. While moving is never easy, this can be especially difficult for someone who has lived in one place for decades. Therefore, the decision to re-locate a loved one should be well planned and well thought out. Many senior communities offer independent living, where you have your own private apartment with the option of having a kitchen. Many residents in independent living communities still drive their own car and cook their own meals. Some independent communities offer additional assistance with activities of daily living, which can range from medication reminders, bathing and dressing assistance, and mobility assistance to services provided by visiting physicians, podiatrists, dentists, and many other medical support services, including Physical Therapy. Many times, these services are provided on-site through third-party professional resources. Respite care and short stays are an option in some senior living communities, where seniors can stay for just a couple of days to sample the community or have a place to stay in a private apartment while family caregivers go on vacation or need a respite from care giving for a short period. Seniors in need of advanced, around the clock monitoring will find that level of care in licensed assisted living facilities or skilled nursing facilities, which are often referred to as nursing homes. Choosing a Senior Living Community Questions to Ask