For some people, a retirement community brings images of a home on the golf course or a home near the kids. For others, it’s a place to move to when you are no longer able or willing to take care of the home you have lived in for many years.
From Senior Living
How do you know when it’s time to consider senior living?
If performing daily activities is difficult without help from others. Maybe you are no longer able to drive because of loss of vision.
Shopping for yourself is hard because you get fatigued.
Cleaning your home is a task you’re no longer physically able to do.
Or maybe your memory loss has reached a point where you need assistance for safe daily living. You could be living alone and desire the company of others.
Some seniors have no trouble taking care of themselves; they just want to live with their peers in an independent community that is senior-focused.
Let’s look at these lifestyle choices.
- Independent living communities are places for active, healthy seniors who are able to live on their own.
- Assisted Living Communities are for seniors who value their independence but who may need some assistance with their daily activities such as meals, dressing, bathing, help with medication and transportation.
- Nursing Homes are for people who can’t care for themselves but who don’t need a hospital. Resident care can be for chronic conditions or for short term rehabilitative care.
- Special Care Units are facilities dedicated to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.
Many of the newer senior living communities offer a range of services, from independent living to special care units. Before making a move, be sure to check out the facilities personally, obtain a complete list of prices for services, and examine your personal finances to determine if you can afford the facility. In general, costs go up as you become more dependent and use more of the community’s professional services. Finding the right retirement community is a very personal decision and often involves other members of the family.
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