The Carrington at Lincolnwood welcomes and encourages the active participation of adult children, grandchildren, and other loved ones and care-givers in the process of choosing a senior living community like The Carrington. The following questions frequently arise, but you may have others when considering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care or nursing care. We invite you to call us to discuss your specific circumstances and we look forward to serving as a resource for you.

Likewise, each element of The Carrington was crafted to promote a culture of boundless engagement and well-being. We promote a lively and fulfilling attitude with programs, activities and events that support a new level of vibrant retirement living.

The team at The Carrington at Lincolnwood has designed an interactive Retirement Lifestyle Workbook packed with helpful insights to give you an insider’s perspective to finding the right community.


When is the right time for my parents to move into a senior living community?

Everyone’s situation is unique, but we believe the best time is when your family member is  still actively independent and in good health, allowing them to take full advantage of the maintenance-free, freedom-filled and socially-engaging lifestyle of a senior living community. One of the key advantages of The Carrington at Lincolnwood is the range of residential and healthcare lifestyles offered – Independent Living, for vibrant, carefree seniors; Assisted Living, for someone who may require a bit of assistance with daily activities; and Memory Care, for those who are challenged with Alzheimer’s disease, or other forms of dementia. This spectrum of living options supports “aging in place” – the assurance of knowing additional levels of care are available at the community, if needed at some future date.

What are the advantages of a rental community, versus one that requires an entrance fee?

It’s a matter of control. Residents of The Carrington at Lincolnwood will pay a simple monthly fee, without long-term contracts. They won’t tie up their savings or investments, and will remain in control of their financial future.

Is my family member free to decorate their residence?

Absolutely! They can make themselves right at home, furnishing and decorating as they choose.

How will I know if it’s time for my loved one to consider Assisted Living?

That’s a great question. Having been around your parent or other loved one over a period of years, you may be seeing them begin to slow down, or possibly observing certain day-to-day functions, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating and remembering to take medications becoming a challenge. It’s normal to find yourself questioning how realistic it is for them to continue to live on their own, and to be concerned for their safety and well-being.

Quite often, it’s these types of initial observations that cause family members to begin the process of seeking supportive living options, such as those found through Assisted Living at The Carrington at Lincolnwood.

This information is helpful, but sometimes I just don’t know where to start.

Don’t feel as if you’re the only one. Facing decisions affecting the health and well-being of a loved one are difficult, even frightening. Please think of us here at The Carrington at Lincolnwood as a trusted resource you can turn to; a friend who can offer objective education and guidance. Give us a call; we would be happy to help you sort through questions and concerns. In the meantime, we have provided information below about a number of commonly referenced terms, as well as details about other supportive senior lifestyle organizations and resources.

We're excited to move to The Carrington but feel quite overwhelmed by the prospect of actually downsizing and planning the move. Any advice?

Yes! We know that making a move can be pretty intimidating. That’s why we’ve partnered with Moving Station – a national leader in senior relocation – to work with our new residents as they plan their moves. The Carrington’s Personal Relocation Manager  will help you every step of the way with sound, experienced advice on elements such as: 

  • Selling your home
  • Organizing and downsizing
  • Securing your veteran or long-term care insurance benefits
  • Arranging temporary housing (if needed)
  • Selecting and managing a van line

Utilizing the services of Moving Station will simplify every step of the process – and significantly reduce your stress.  Working with Moving Station is Moving Made Easy®

(Note:  The consulting services offered through the Personal Relocation Manager is  free – as our gift to you. Expenses incurred in hiring packers, movers, etc., are the responsibility of the resident.)

Interested in learning more about Assisted Living at The Carrington at Lincolnwood? Check out our Assisted Living Brochure for more information on how you or your loved one can maintain their independence.

Glossary of Terms


Most retirement communities require that residents have reached a given age before moving in. You’ll find 65+ is a common benchmark.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living communities typically provide services which allow seniors to maintain a degree of independence, while offering a helping hand with certain tasks of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, dressing and taking medications.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)

CCRCs are senior living communities that provide a continuum of lifestyle options and choices, generally including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing.

Independent Living

In an Independent Living community, residents enjoy a private residence, a maintenance-free lifestyle of personal services and social amenities, and are typically capable of living without assistance.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance is a type of insurance developed specifically to cover the cost of skilled nursing, assisted living, home health care and other long-term care services. These services are usually not covered by traditional health insurance or Medicare.


This federal health insurance program is designed for people who are 65 and older; certain younger individuals with disabilities; and those with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover specific services and care.


Financed by state and federal governments, Medicaid is a program of medical assistance for those unable to afford regular medical service. As an example, Medicaid is available to fund skilled nursing care.

Memory Care

Memory Care is tailored specifically for the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other cognitive disorders.

Nursing Home (or Health Center)

Skilled nursing care facilities, commonly referred to as nursing homes or health centers, are licensed health care communities inspected and regulated by a State’s Department of Health Services. These centers offer long- and short-term care for individuals who need rehabilitation services, or who suffer from serious or persistent health issues often too complicated to manage at home.

Rehabilitation Services

Services designed to help an individual recover from an injury, operation, stroke or illness, rehabilitation may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and memory care. In most cases, services are planned to help the patient return as closely as possible to pre-challenge levels. The services may be residential (inpatient), or outpatient, and may be short- or long-term, depending on specific needs.

Rental Retirement Community

A rental retirement community offers living accommodations, along with various services and amenities, in exchange for a specified monthly fee. In contrast, other retirement communities operate with a signed lease, deposits and a long-term commitment.

Retirement Community

The term “retirement community” encompasses a wide range of residential and healthcare options, several of which are covered in this glossary and guide. Rental communities, continuing care, Life Care, assisted living and skilled nursing care communities all fall within the spectrum, as do age-restricted communities of individually owned homes with common services and amenities.

Skilled Nursing Care

Skilled nursing care communities offer daily nursing care, provided or supervised by licensed medical personnel.

Quick Links to Resources

Many organizations dedicated to seniors and senior care offer useful information and details on their websites. We’ve assembled a collection of links, so you’re just a click away from helpful resources.

AARP is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.

Administration on Aging provides home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act.

Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Arthritis Foundation provides members who have a specialist referral, updates on the latest research, as well as Arthritis Today magazine.

Benefits.gov is the official benefits site of the U.S. Government with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.

Caregiver.com offers support and guidance for family and professional caregivers through newsletters, online discussion, Today’s Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and more.

CARF International is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

LeadingAge is focused on advocacy of effective services for seniors, including home health, hospice, assisted living, continuing care and more.

Elder Law Answers supports seniors, their families and their attorneys in legal issues surrounding aging.

Family Caregiver Alliance addresses the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home.

Hospice Foundation of America exists to help those who cope personally or professionally with terminal illness, death and the process of grief and bereavement.

International Council on Aging unifies organizations focused on older adults and provides education, information, resources and tools.

National Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization with a national network of more than 14,000 organizations and leaders.

VA.gov provides information on U.S. Government Veterans’ Affairs benefits and assistance available to eligible veterans and dependents for intermediate or skilled nursing care.