Options for Senior Living

There are many types of senior living options available, which can be confusing if you don’t know how much assistance you’ll need. When exploring your options, it is important to consult with your doctor, family, medical and social service professionals and financial advisors when deciding which option is best for you. Several types of senior living options include:


Independent Living provides housing for seniors 55 and older. This option is designed for seniors who do not require assistance with daily activities, but would benefit from convenient services, senior-friendly surroundings, and increased social opportunities that independent senior living communities offer. Independent living is popular among "snowbirds" who want to downsize or travel without the burden of managing a home or the worries about home security. Many retirement communities offer dining services, basic housekeeping and laundry services, transportation to appointments and errands, activities, social programs, and on-site beauty and barber salons.

Independent Living is offered at Summit by Morrison.


Assisted Living offers residents assistance with daily activities like medication management, grooming and dressing, while promoting as much independence as possible. One of the fastest growing long-term care options for seniors, these facilities provide a wide range of services and provide a housing solution for those who can live independently but also require some assistance. Residents are encouraged to participate in social activities and will be able to get the help they need in a welcoming environment.

Assisted Living is offered at Summit by Morrison and The Morrison.


Memory Support is available for seniors who have memory loss conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. It offers a wide variety of services tailored to meet individuals’ specific needs. Memory Support facilities are fully-staffed and monitored. Going beyond what is traditionally offered in Assisted Living, activities offered in these units are designed to help individuals reconnect with favorite hobbies and interests.

Memory Support is offered at Summit by Morrison and The Morrison.


Skilled Nursing facilities offer medical expertise and services overseen by physicians. Many of these facilities, like our sister facility The Morrison, also provide rehabilitation services, including physical and occupational therapy, to help those who are injured recover and return to their previous living situations. These services can be necessary in the short term for rehabilitation from illness or injury, or they may be required over the long term for those who need care frequently due to chronic medical conditions. Examples of skilled nursing services include wound care, intravenous therapy and physical therapy.

Skilled Nursing is offered at The Morrison.


Intermediate Care facilities, also called nursing homes, provide 24-hour nursing supervision and custodial care for residents who have serious medical conditions and require long-term care. Like many others, Intermediate Care facilities also provide help with activities of daily living, including grooming, dressing, and medication management, and appropriate social activities.

Intermediate Care is offered at The Morrison.


Hospice Care is for those who are facing a life-limiting illness or injury; Hospice offers expert medical care, pain management and emotional support tailored to person’s and family’s needs and wishes for end-of-life care. This allows family and friends to celebrate a life lived to the fullest. Hospice Care can be provided at home or at medical facilities; many senior living facilities can help coordinate hospice care with an outside agency so residents do not need to leave their familiar surroundings to receive the care they need.  

Hospice Care is offered at The Morrison.