Best Places for Seniors to Live: At Home vs. Facility Care

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When you have an elderly family member, you want nothing but the best for them. You want them to be happy where they’re living – and you want them to enjoy living there. This can be a difficult choice to make, however — with so many options, it’s hard to decide where it is best for them to live. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of the best places for seniors to live – with pros and cons for each.

At Home

The most obvious answer — and likely the one most people will consider first — is at home. You’ll feel most comfortable at home, and will always be surrounded by family and people you love.

This option does not necessarily work for everyone, however. Depending on your work schedule, you may be unable to take care of them fully while they’re living at home with you.


  • Your loved one will be around 24/7
  • Your loved one will likely be the happiest living at home, surrounded by family
  • This option can be completely free — depending on your loved one’s situation. It depends on if they need nurses, etc.


  • Not everyone will be able to be home all day to care for their loved one

If you’ve considered living at home and decided it isn’t the best option for your loved one, there are other options. Such as…

senior lady reading to a grandchild at homeSenior Living Center

Senior living centers can be a great option if you won’t be able to be around as much as you may want to be. Many senior living centers offer assisted living — meaning they will receive help with daily tasks — as well as independent living, meaning they will be able to do just about everything on their own.

Senior living centers are a great option if you’re looking for one of the best places for seniors to live when living at home is not an option. I do, of course, recommend researching local living centers to find the best one in your area.


  • Your loved one will be around other seniors
  • Your loved one will always have someone around to help, should they need it


  • Your loved one will not be around family. Additionally, if it’s far from where you live, you may not be able to see them often.

With Other Family Members

If you have decided against senior living centers, living with other family members is another viable option. By having them live with other family members, they’ll still be with people they’re familiar with — leading to more peace of mind for you.

If you cannot line up any other family members to take them in, however, there are other options — such as retirement communities.


  • While your loved one won’t be with you specifically, they will be with other family members.
  • Depending on how close by the family members are, you’ll be able to see your loved one frequently.


  • Lining up another family member to take your loved one in is situational. If you do not have any family members that would be able to take them in, you will, of course, have to consider other options.

senior man doing crafts at a senior retirement homeRetirement Communities

Retirement communities are a great option if you want them to be able to make friends with other seniors. Many retirement communities often offer games and activities for the seniors living there — which will make their experience living there very fun and interesting for them.


  • Many retirement communities offer activities for seniors living there. Your loved one will always be doing something — and will likely be happier as a result.
  • Retirement communities give your loved one the opportunity to meet other seniors. They will be able to make friends – and won’t be alone, naturally.


  • Senior living communities can be slightly more pricey than other options listed before — this will, of course, vary from state to state, however.

Cost Breakdown

The cost will often vary with the various living options we’ve given. If your loved one will be living at home with you, or with other loved ones, there aren’t many costs. They may require a nurse, in some cases — which can be a bit of a cost — but that is, of course, situational.

With senior living centers and senior communities, the cost will, of course, vary from state to state. Overall, however, the most cost-effective solution is, of course, having them live at home – if at all possible.

Additional Resources

Should you want to do more resource, we’ve compiled a list of more helpful resources on the best places for seniors to live.

This particular article will give you helpful tips on finding low-income senior housing for your loved one.

Easily one of the most useful resources, lets you enter your zip code to find senior living homes near you. This is great if you’re searching for a senior living center but aren’t sure where to start.


In conclusion, there are quite a few options for senior living. From living at home to living in a senior center, what is best for you and your loved one depends on your unique situation. As everyone’s situation is different, we recommend checking out the resources provided above — they’ll help clear up any other questions you may have.

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