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Senior Living: Different Options Around Communities & Care

Whether you are a senior looking for the perfect retirement community to reside in, or the adult child searching for care options for your parent; the entire process can be very challenging, at times, cause a ton of stress.

Regardless of the situation, the first thing you need to do to move forward is assess the reason behind a move of any kind. Has a medical condition come to the surface that requires a change of address or added care? Or is it simply the idea of a lifestyle change that has sparked the decision to move?

Below are some differing types of elderly care to consider.

Assisted Living Facilities

These types of facilities provide housing that offers assistance with key daily living activities (i.e. bathing, cooking, etc.); however, not a lot is provided as it relates to medical assistance. Those who live in these types of community care housing can gain access to semi-private or private bedrooms and bathrooms, and gain access to a ton of exercise and recreational activities with other seniors their age that share the same circumstances and interests. Most time, meals, laundry services, housekeeping, as well as transportation to doctor’s appoints are provided.

Age-Restricted Communities

If you (or your parent) are simply looking for a lifestyle change, age-restricted communities can be an excellent option, as residents are limited to individuals in and over a specific age. Options in these communities range from a single-family home, to a townhouse, or even a condo. These are ideal for seniors who require little to no added healthcare assistance, and want to live in a community with individuals around their age group.

Nursing Home

These facilities provide high-level medical care, and are geared towards seniors with complex health issues. They offer housekeeping, laundry, meals, as well as transportation for appointments, as well as 24-hour supervision and medication management.

Memory Care

These facilities generally tend to be part of a nursing home, and offer services specially for those individuals who suffer from dementia. As such, memory care homes typically have increased staff (for added supervision), and also offer enhanced security to ensure an individual doesn’t wander off, unsupervised.

Staying Put

Should any medical concerns arise, many seniors can decide to stay in their current home, and refrain from moving into home-care facilities. They can simply work with healthcare professional to get the help they need when it comes to appointments, and other day-to-day activities. Minor modifications can be made to their house to help with mobility issues, and this route keeps them in their familiar surroundings to avoid any major changes to their current environment. It’s important to do some research around what services are offered in your region when it comes to in-home healthcare assistance, and what can be covered by health insurance.

Whether you are 22 or 72, moving or making adjustments to your current living situation can be daunting. The good news for seniors is there are a plethora of options available to help them live their best life, as they age into their golden years.