What Does That Mean? Learn Common Senior Living Terms

Posted on November 01, 2021

Silver Comet Village - Glossary of Senior Living Terms

When looking for a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, it can be difficult to decipher all of the terms that pop up in your search. The world of senior living may seem like it has its own language, but once you get familiar with the common terms, navigating your journey will become much easier. 

As a senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia, Silver Comet Village knows how overwhelming it can be to find the right community for you or a family member. Unfortunately, adding unfamiliar terminology to this task does not help. That is why we have created this glossary of common senior living terms to help you better navigate the world of senior living. 

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Also referred to as ADLs, this term means exactly what it sounds like. Tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, grooming, toileting, taking medication, and other personal self-care tasks need to happen on a daily basis to maintain a safe, healthy, and independent lifestyle. 

When searching for a senior living community to call home, keep in mind what ADLs you or your family member need assistance with. This will help you determine the appropriate level of care that is needed.

Assisted Living

Assisted living (often abbreviated to AL) is a type of care that provides individuals with care and assistance with the activities of daily living. Residents in an assisted living setting typically receive assistance with meals, mobility, housekeeping, medication management, and more.


The word “caregiver” refers to any person responsible for taking care of an individual who needs assistance due to an injury, illness, or aging. This term could refer to a professional caregiver in a senior living community or a family caregiver (also called an informal caregiver) who has taken on this role to care for a parent or loved one.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) or Life Plan Community offers multiple levels of care so that individuals can age in place. These levels of care can include independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, and/or hospice care.

Independent Living

Independent living (often abbreviated to IL) is a lifestyle option designed for individuals who can live independently but want to lead a more active, maintenance-free lifestyle within a community setting.

Independent Living in Powder Springs, Georgia

Independent living at Silver Comet Village offers a maintenance-free and worry-free lifestyle. As a landmark in purposeful living, our village helps residents find connectivity, purpose, and a sense of belonging. We take care of the cleaning and home maintenance, so our independent living residents have the time and freedom to pursue their hobbies and interests. 

In-Home Care

In-home care, or just home care, references professional support services that are administered in an individual’s home. These services can help an individual complete the activities of daily living, manage chronic health issues, or recover from a medical setback.

Memory Care

Memory care offers specialized care and support for those living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. While in-home care professionals can offer these services, memory care is typically offered in a community setting with dementia-friendly spaces, secured courtyards, and generally provides a higher level of care and security.

Purposeful Living

Purposeful living is all about leading a fulfilling lifestyle. Whether you want to enjoy an active, exciting retirement or you want to take on retirement at a slower, more relaxing pace, it is all about doing whatever gives you purpose.

Silver Comet Village is a landmark in purposeful living. We offer a variety of activities, events, and clubs that cater to many interests and allow our residents to pursue new or existing hobbies. For tips on how to lead a more purposeful life, check out our blog, “What is Purposeful Living?

Senior Apartments

Senior apartments are age-specific living units, usually for adults aged 55 and over. Like a regular apartment, a senior apartment offers privacy along with a sense of built-in community.

Explore Senior Living

We understand that finding the right senior living community for you or a family member can be a long process, but our team is here to help you throughout each step of the journey. Contact a member of the Silver Comet Village team to learn more about what we have to offer.