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Facility Categories: What They Mean

Updated: Jul 24, 2022

Hello volunteers! Today on the blog, we are sharing a refreshed list of what each of the categories mean on the sign-up portal. Please join me in giving us a special thanks to Volunteer Coordinator Ellen for all her help in carefully wording these descriptions!


Click through the list to see a description of the category, what kinds of seniors reside in each category, and what kinds of letters and cards are most appropriate to send to each category.

Independent Living

Here, individuals live on their own with no medical care or nursing support. There is access to common areas, community outings, exercise classes, and sometimes a pool, tennis courts, or a golf course. Also referred to as an active adult community, senior apartments or a retirement/55+ community. If you enjoy writing longer letters with lots of detail, these will be your most appreciative recipients.

Assisted Living

Nursing Home

Memory Care

Senior Center

Meals on Wheels


Special Birthdays


Are you wondering how to access these categories on the portal? Click through this slideshow for step by step instructions!

  1. Click the “Search Facilities” tab which the navigation bar at the top of the screen.

  2. Click “More Filters: which is located in the bottom right corner of the screen.

  3. Check the “Category” box in the drop down menu.

  4. Click the “-Select-” button that appears under “Category”

  5. Click the facility type you want to filter by.

  6. Press ”Apply” in the black box in the bottom right corner of the screen.


If you ever are wondering what the categories mean again in the future, you can easily get back to this blogpost! Just click the blue text that describes the category type in any of the facility cards, and it will redirect you here!


Please understand that some facilities offer a continuum of care and we've done our best assigning each to a category. Since group activities, community outings and communal meals have been significantly curtailed during the pandemic, our letters are vital in keeping these seniors engaged.


THANK YOU to each and every one of our volunteers!...YOU are making a difference EVERY DAY!

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