Senior Living Options

A Senior Living Guide

Senior housing options

The great news is there are so many more senior living options today than ever before. The bad news is, trying to wade through these options and figure out what is best can be a real challenge. If you are attempting to look at these choices for an aging parent, you may be a little confused and overwhelmed.

This guide will give you the basics so you have a good idea where you should begin your search. The first three senior living choices do not include any care. Care may be added from an outside agency like a home care or a home health care company.

Adult Living Communities

Active Adult Communities/ 55+ Retirement Homes

This choice is a home that you would buy in a subdivision designed for those who are 55 or older. There are usually some extra amenities for seniors who are still physically fit and active. Swimming pools, tennis courts, golf and more are right in your community. This is for people who are ready to adopt a more relaxed lifestyle and may also desire a smaller home.Active

Adult Apartments/ 55+ Apartments

This is a rental senior living option. These apartments range from basic to luxurious. Some apartments are based on income.

Independent Retirement Living

Though sometimes the names of these options may crossover, typically Independent Living offers a few more amenities. 2 or 3 meals a day, transportation, activities and planned outings are included in your price. Most communities also have a home care company on site. So if you need extra assistance, there is someone close by who can help.

When You Need More Care

When you need more care

The next senior living facilities are all about care. When you need more than a little care from a home care company, you may want to explore these options.

Assisted Living

You will have elder care staff available 24/7 in assisted living facilities. Residents can have assistance in all ADL's. There are several different types of assisted living, however. Depending on what state you live in Small Assisted Living Homes may care for as few as three residents, or as many as 16. A Large Assisted Living Facility may house a hundred or more. These resemble a large apartment complex. There are benefits to both.

Memory Care/ Alzheimer's Care/ Dementia Care Facilities

Think assisted living in a secured environment and this is what you will get. Designed to protect and keep safe residents with cognitive decline these facilities also may be either a large or a small community.

Nursing Home

This is the highest level of care available. Though many people can live throughout their years in one of the options above, a nursing home may be needed due to medical or financial challenges.If you are confused, reach out for help. Nobody ever said you have to travel this journey alone.



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