There are many options for seniors. In this article we’ll look at several options, and explain the pros and cons of each. Contact us for more information on senior living options. Our partners can help you evaluate what option may be best for you or your loved ones.
Active Adult Communities
Active adult communities are age restricted communities made for older adults typically 55 and over. They can be made up of houses, townhouses, condominiums and land lease communities. Residents are fully independent. They have no trouble living on their own and manage their homes. Many active adult communities include lawn care, and snow removal. This options allows older adults to live independently and access social and recreational amenities. Many of our best active adult communities will have clubhouses with pools, fitness centers, game rooms, billiards, activities and events. Some even have indoor pools. Active adult communities typically will have clubs and groups so you can socialize with others that have the same interests. For adults with health issues or concerns this may not be the best option.
Independent Living Communities
Independent living communities are also known as retirement communities or homes. Older adults can rent or buy their own units in one of these communities. Meals often are included. Most residents can take care of themselves however they may not want to make 3 meals a day or deal with the upkeep of a house. Independent living communities often have great social actives and facilities within the community. Another big advantage is that independent living communities often have medical families and doctors and nurses on site. It makes medical care easy and gives you peace of mind if there were to be a medical emergency.
Assisted living residences
Assisted living residences offer more care than independent living communities. They also provide personal care services like bathing, getting dressed or taking medication. Many assisted living communities also have nursing homes in the same building and and some also have special secure wings for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. This option might be a good fit for older adults who are somewhat active but need help with daily tasks.
Nursing homes are also known as skilled nursing or extended care facilities. Nursing homes provide professional medical care to older adults. Some stay there temporarily to recover from a fall, health condition or to recover from surgery. Others will stay long term and need the 24 hour nursing and medical care.
Continuing care retirement communities
Continuing care retirement communities combine many of the other communities in this article so you will not have to change communities as your medical and health needs change. Continuing care retirement communities have independent living, assisted living and nursing home facilities under one roof. This is a great option and allows older adults to stay in one place for the rest of their life.