At Green Hills Manor at The Heritage of Green Hills, we are here to provide you the resources and tools to help you understand and determine the best plan for you or your loved one.

We are often asked the differences between the various residential and care options that are provided for seniors because there’s a lot of terminology involved when it comes to senior care, personal care, and Alzheimer’s care. One question we hear often is what’s the difference between assisted living and personal care? The answer is they are very similar, but personal care communities do not provide access to acute medical services. Below are some of the most common terms that should help you evaluate which option is best for you or your loved one.

Personal Care

A community that provides personal assistance or supervision to individuals who need assistance with dressing, bathing, administering medication, diet, financial management, evacuation from the residence in the event of an emergency, but do not require the 24-hour medical care provided by a long-term care facility.


A facility or program designed to provide a caring environment for meeting the physical and emotional needs of the terminally ill and their loved ones.

Independent Living

Independent living is for those 55+ who need little or no assistance with activities of daily living. Housing varies widely, from maintenance-free apartment-style living to freestanding homes. While residents live independently, most communities offer amenities, activities, services and sometimes access to additional care options.

Memory Care

Memory care is the long-term care option for people who have been diagnosed with a memory care issue such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, making it unsafe for him or her to continue to stay at home, but who does not require the intensive care of a skilled nursing facility. Memory care allows a person experiencing memory loss to maintain a level of independence while relying on the safety of being in a secure environment with a professional staff, to give families peace of mind.

Respite Care

Support services for a caregiver or adult child, wherein a community or health center provides temporary care of a loved one with special, sometimes memory related needs.

If you have additional questions or concerns, schedule an appointment with us, or call (610) 816-0857.