A type of community-based housing that focuses on seniors. The primary types of senior living are independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Services (dining, housekeeping, personal care services, maintenance, social activities, etc.) included with senior living typically separate it from active adult communities or senior apartments. Residents in nursing homes usually require more intensive care than senior living residents.

People choose senior living for different reasons. Some choose senior living for the convenience of a maintenance and worry-free lifestyle (dining, housekeeping, maintenance services are often included). Others want the social aspect of living in a community. Still others need assistance with activities of daily living, but want to maintain as independent of a lifestyle as possible.