Senior Living Options for Your Loved One
As we age, we inevitably start to think more about the future and where and how we want to live. Understandably, many seniors say they want to remain at home.
But is that really the best choice? For some, yes. But many seniors – and their families – say moving to a senior living community was the best decision they’ve ever made.
Why? The reasons are countless:
First, most homes don’t accommodate the changing needs of seniors like wider hallways, entry ramps and lower sinks for wheelchairs. In two-story homes, stairs are often a problem. Home maintenance and yardwork can become worrisome (and expensive).
Home isn’t always the safest choice. Seniors who are frailer, have chronic health conditions, or have dementia may be safer in a senior living community.
Active retirement communities and senior living communities can address all these concerns – and then some.
Whether you are searching for a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, you’ve likely discovered there are several types of age-restricted communities available. Knowing which one is right for you and your family may seem overwhelming as each senior living option is different.
There is a lot to learn – and even more to consider. Getting to know your options and how they are different is a good place to start. Some communities – like independent living communities – are for those who don’t need assistance to accomplish everyday tasks and are in very good health, so they don’t require any health services. Often, these independent seniors are also looking to downsize and enjoy a simpler lifestyle with peers.
Other types of senior living provide some support and assistance, while others offer around-the-clock nursing care and other medical care services. Some communities, like Continuing Care Retirement Communities or Life Plan Communities, offer an entire continuum of services.
So let’s take a look at the most common living options for older adults:
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
- Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation
- Home Care
- Respite Care
Types of Senior Living Communities
Factors To Consider When Choosing Senior Living Options
Once you’ve reviewed the senior living options, it’s now time to consider what’s right for you and your family. There is a lot to consider when choosing the right option – and the right community. Location, cost or monthly fee, amenities and activities, available care options, and community reputation are among the most important to consider.
How To Choose the Right Senior Living Option
Personalized care services, resort-like amenities, dining options, interesting social calendars, and engaging activities have made senior living a great choice for both seniors and their families. However, choosing the right community for you and your family can still be a tough decision.
After you determine present and future needs, personal preferences, and financial situation, do your research. Compare and contrast communities. Talk with friends and family members. Evaluate costs. Most importantly, visit and tour communities. To help you prepare for the tour, view our tour checklist here.
Senior living is personal. There is a lot to take into account. From lifestyle options to wellness programs to services, amenities, and everything in between, the decisions can seem endless. Planning early is key. Take time to understand the senior living options before deciding what’s best for you. Make a list or keep a journal. This can help you get a clear picture of what you want out of a senior living community and help you make the right choice.