Senior housing offers a wide array of options… almost too much. To cut down the confusion, start by determining how much assistance is needed. That will be the largest factor in which type of housing is most appropriate.
Independent living means on your own with others
In an independent living facility, seniors have the independence of their own home without the upkeep. Apartments may come with housekeeping and laundry service. Community meals mean there’s always someone to meet for lunch. A full schedule of activities means you can have a busy social life without ever being the one doing the planning.
Sometimes assistance is the best option
Seniors who need help with basic daily activities might find that assisted living suits them best. In an assisted living facility, independence is still the focus. Residents receive support with tasks such as bathing, dressing, taking medication, cooking, and housekeeping. Such facilities might stand alone or be part of a nursing home, for when more care is required.
Home care is another option depending on community resources. Skilled workers come to your current home to help with daily activities.
Continuing care offers a smooth transition
For those who are concerned about changing needs, continuing care retirement communities are an ideal solution. Residents have contracts with monthly fees that cover not only their current housing, but future needs. It is not inexpensive, but it does offer the peace of mind that as needs shift from independent living to assisted living to nursing care, residents can move to other facilities within the community without a huge increase in cost.