As our communities strive to be the highest rated providers of retirement living across Iowa and Illinois, we often find ourselves overcoming misconceptions of what exactly Assisted Living is and what services we can provide. In this month’s blog post, I’ve made it my goal to help clarify our differences from Nursing Homes and make clear the goals of Assisted Living and Memory Care living.


  1. “Assisted Living is the same as a Nursing Home”
    False! Retirement Living Communities are for seniors ages 55+ who are looking to make the most of their later years. We assist our residents with Activities of Daily Living so that they can get back to doing what they love. We do not provide skilled nursing services. During a tour, you’ll also be given information about the reduced expense and higher independence a Retirement Living Community provides.

  3. “I won’t have any privacy in Assisted Living”
    False! Our apartments, from Independent and Assisted Living to Closer Care and Memory Care, are private and feature all the comforts of home. Whether you’re a homebody or a social butterfly, you will be able to come and go as you please. On the other hand, you’re also able to have friends over whenever you want, even overnight guests, unlike a Nursing home where you may share a living space, bathroom and more.

  5. “I won’t be able to do the things I love”
    False! We pride ourselves in creating an environment that our residents thrive in0 Our residents are encouraged to follow their passions and share their dreams with us. If dad is an avid bridge player, we invite him to bring his friends to our community for their gatherings. We’ll even provide the refreshments! If mom has always volunteered at the local hospital, we will provide transportation and encourage other residents to join her in her philanthropic efforts!

  7. “My family won’t have a reason to visit me anymore”
    False! One of the biggest concerns seniors have is that when they stop needing their loved ones’ help, they won’t have any visitors. We will be able to assist mom or dad with their needs so that your time with them can be spent making memories, not making lists. Retirement Living makes it easier to embrace every moment without worrying about making sure the lawn is mowed or the utility bill is paid.

  9. “I will need to sign a long-term lease”
    At our Retirement Living Communities, all Occupancy Agreements are developed on a month-to-month basis. You’ll rest easy knowing that our terms are flexible, with just a 30-day notice needed should your situation change. However, once you choose a Senior Housing Managed Community, we’re confident you’ll never want to leave!


At the end of the day, Retirement Living Communities and Nursing Homes are very different, but both very necessary to meet the needs of our residents and patients throughout their retirement years. We value the connection we have with our Nursing Homes partners, as they provide a higher level of care that our residents may require in the future. For this reason, both options play a critical role in the continuum of care.

If you’re still not sure which level of care would best meet your needs, we’re able to help! Call us at 1-800-366-6716 to set up a complimentary, no-commitment assessment. One of our Health Care Coordinators would be happy to advise you as you make this important decision!

Allen Phillips, President – October 2017