Who Lives in Retirement Homes?


As you search for senior housing options and consider retirement homes for yourself or loved ones, you may wonder: who exactly lives in retirement homes? Is this type of housing the right choice for me?

There are many things to consider before you make your move to a retirement community, and retirement homes can be good housing options for individuals or couples in all walks of older adult life

Cambridge Village of Apex explores the demographics of retirement living based on needs and level of independence below.

Who Should Move to a Retirement Home — And When?

If you are considering moving to a retirement home or retirement village, it’s likely that you’re also wondering when might be the right time to take that step. There are many differences in levels of care, autonomy, and amenities offered at retirement homes, nursing homes, and assisted living communities throughout North Carolina and the country.

Senior Living Communities

Most residents in a senior living community like Cambridge Village of Apex are older adults who have few medical problems and want to continue to live as independently as possible.

  • Residents live in private apartments
  • Apartment sizes from studios to two bedrooms
  • Dining services and meal packages
  • Social outings and entertainment
  • Mostly privately funded

Assisted Living Communities

Assisted living communities serve as a half-step between very independent senior living, and the high level of care provided in a nursing home. Residents in assisted living communities are those who may no longer be able to live on their own safely, but do not need around-the-clock care.

  • Private apartments
  • Three meals per day provided in main dining room
  • Housekeeping services
  • 24-hour staff for additional safety
  • Mostly privately funded, some take Medicaid

Note: 20 select apartments at Cambridge Village of Apex are available to offer residents Enhanced Supportive Care, elevating these residents to the care level of assisted living.

Nursing Homes

Residents in nursing homes are elderly individuals who require a high level of medical care and twenty-four hour assistance.

  • Skilled, 24-hour nursing care
  • Short-term rehabilitative stays available
  • Long-term residents general have complex medical conditions
  • Residents typically share a room
  • Meals served in dining room
  • Funded through: private pay, Medicare, Medicaid

Need more information about what kinds of individuals typically move to retirement homes, or the differences between levels of care at retirement homes, assisted living, and nursing homes? Reach out to Cambridge Village of Apex to speak with our staff or schedule a tour.