As loved ones get older it is common for them to require additional care and specialized attention. In many countries, social norms ensure that the elderly remain living with their larger extended family and are cared for and protected within it. The development of nuclear families has eroded this concept even in Asian countries and other cultures where caring for the elderly has historically been a deep-rooted tradition.
Modern life focuses people more and more on individual needs and ambitions, and the consequence is the disintegration of extended family units. This has given rise to the concept of old age homes or, in trendier parlance, senior living centers. These centers incorporate the entire gamut of needs, protection and care that is essential for senior living, including medical assistance and emergency response.
Though the closeness and love of the family is irreplaceable, these special homes give senior citizens a haven where they are able to live with peace and a sense of security. Visits from family members can also reinforce this sense of well-being, while also keeping relationships as vibrant as in earlier days.