Your Guide to Senior Living Care Types

As we reach retirement age, we may start to hear a range of senior living terms thrown around. From retirement and independent living communities to nursing homes and home care, senior housing and care options can confuse anyone. This is especially true when you’re searching for a lifestyle that fits your needs and preferences – and provides a solid plan for the future.

Fortunately, some senior living communities like Waterstone on High Ridge offer a continuum of care. This means our community features a range of care services and living options – ranging from independent living to dedicated memory care – to meet the needs of aging older adults. Not only does this make choosing a community easier, but it helps provide peace of mind while removing care type confusion.

Are you or a loved one considering your senior living community options? Check out our senior care guide to learn the differences for yourself.

Senior Living: Types of Housing and Care

Independent Living

Independent living communities provide an active and engaging lifestyle for seniors. With freedom from the hassles and burdens of homeownership like maintenance, housekeeping and daily cooking, residents can enjoy days as they choose. Here are just some of the many amenities, services, and activities that independent living communities such as Waterstone on High Ridge offer seniors:

  • Social activities with friends and active involvement in community life
  • Gourmet, chef-prepared meals
  • Health and wellness programs by trained professionals
  • A full calendar of lectures, concerts and other cultural programs and events
  • Group classes and special interest clubs
  • Convenient on-site amenities such as a swimming pool, library, bistro, movie theater and art studio

For those who require some assistance to remain living independently, there may be supportive services available within their private apartments. These services are usually supplied through partnerships with trusted third-party healthcare providers.

At Waterstone on High Ridge, our on-site care services allow older adults to enjoy their independent living lifestyle with confidence. With just the right amount of added support, they can remain in their luxury independent living apartment, with world-class amenities, programs, and services just outside their door.

Assisted Living

For seniors who need more regular assistance with activities of daily living – like dressing, bathing, and eating – typically choose an assisted living community. In many communities, residents live in private apartments and receive 24-hour monitoring and support. Most assisted living lifestyles include:

  • Personal care assistance
  • Medication management
  • Three meals served daily
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • Social events and programs
  • Activities and entertainment
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Regularly scheduled transportation

Residents in assisted living at Waterstone on High Ridge enjoy all these benefits while receiving the care they need to live their best life. Within private assisted living apartments, we personalize care and wellness plans for each resident. We also coordinate with ancillary providers if needed.

Memory Care

Those living with memory loss can benefit from living in a specialized environment created for their specific needs. With the support of a specially trained team, memory care residences offer:

  • 24-hour supervised care and personal assistance
  • Assistance with meals
  • Medication management
  • Specialized activities, events, and programs
  • Exercise and wellness classes
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Access to services and amenities tailored to individual needs and abilities

At Waterstone on High Ridge, our dedicated Bridges® memory care neighborhood is supported by the experts at Bridges® by EPOCH. Created exclusively for those with memory loss, residents benefit from a research-based, thoughtfully designed environment. With uplifting spaces, creative programming, and compassionate caregivers, we inspire joy, connection, and peace in daily life.

Additional Types of Care

While there are other types of care available, independent living, assisted living and memory care are typically the most sought-after senior housing and care types.

For seniors who require 24-hour care for a medical condition, skilled nursing may be necessary. If short-term support, therapy services or restoration are needed after illness or injury, a senior may look for a rehabilitation center.

To learn more about the care types at Waterstone on High Ridge and see how it can fit with your needs, reach out to our Senior Advisor today. We are here to help.

Enjoy the Lifestyle You Love with Three Levels of Care

Waterstone on High Ridge is proud to offer three levels of support to meet the needs of older adults. Situated on a beautiful hillside setting, residents love living here. Are you ready to learn more about our engaging, supportive lifestyle? To attend an open house or join us for an upcoming event, register on our website today.


Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to senior living in a beautiful hilltop setting. Come see how we redefine independent living, assisted living and memory care in Fairfield County, just minutes away from fine restaurants, retail stores and cultural venues in Stamford and Greenwich.