What Are the Different Senior Housing Options?
Did you know that around 1.5 million older adults live in nursing homes or in assisted living facilities? If your parent or close relative is reaching an age where they need a little bit of help and you are looking into senior housing options, you are in the right place. We have put together this short guide sharing the differences between your options.
Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of housing for seniors.
1. In Place
One option is for a senior to live either in their own home or to move in with a close family member. For older adults that are independent and do not want to move into assisted living communities, this is a good option because they can live in the comfort of what they are familiar with.
Meal delivery services can be arranged along with in-home caregivers to make life a little easier to manage as your loved one gets older.
2. Continuing Care Retirement Community
With this option you have a mixture of part assisted living communities, part independent living communities, and part skilled nursing facilities. This option is best for those that want to live in one place for the rest of their lives and do not want to think about arranging care for future needs that come up.
A resident can start out by living in the independent section and then move to different parts within the same community as needed. You can check out this step by step guide for a little more information.
Keep in mind that this is one of the most expensive of all the long-term care options.
3. Assisted Living Community
Here there are usually small apartments in a care community that has staff available 24 hours. Older adults that are somewhat independent but need assistance sometimes can find the perfect balance in an assisted living community. Usually, meals are included, and services such as help with bathing, housekeeping, transportation, and dressing are available.
4. Nursing Home
A nursing home is the most well-known option. This is best for seniors that need supervised care 24 hours a day. Nursing homes have meals, health management, and activities included.
If your loved one is not able to care for themselves because of a mental illness or debilitating physical health then a nursing home might be best. There are licensed physicians that supervise the care of the residents and some locations also have occupational therapists on staff.
For those that require special services for dementia or Alzheimer’s, there are nursing homes that have extra staff on duty to help with these circumstances.
Ready to Choose One of These Senior Housing Options?
We hope that now that you are familiar with some of the most common senior housing options, you can make an informed decision on the best route for your loved one.
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