Senior living isn’t what it used to be. Seniors now enjoy a range of options for an active next chapter of their lives, regardless of their health needs. Even seniors who require memory care or other forms of intensive support should expect active communities filled with engaging activities. If you’re ready to make the switch to a senior living community, choosing the right community for your needs, lifestyle, and personality is key. Here’s how to make the right choice.
When you begin researching assisted living communities for yourself or for your loved one, you likely focus on location, care, and amenities. However, you must also pay attention to a rather important part of the selection equation: the cost. If you have had a bit of sticker shock when it comes to assisted living costs, you are not alone. It can be jarring to see a monthly fee that perhaps exceeds what you or your loved one are used to when it comes to a mortgage payment.
In the popular understanding of dementia, people with dementia can’t safely live alone. They don’t recognize their loved ones and might barely even know themselves. This portrayal is a simplistic picture of a complex collection of diseases. Dementia is a slow and unpredictable illness. It doesn’t always manifest as cognitive issues. For example, the key symptom of a dementia called primary progressive aphasia is a loss of the ability to speak, frontotemporal dementia might manifest as behavioral changes, and Alzheimer’s may progress slowly for many years.
As your parents have aged, have you noticed a change in their activity or recreation pursuits? It is common for older adults to adapt their social calendars and physical exercise routines to meet the needs of their bodies. Chronic pain or other conditions can make once active adults become less active in their senior years. However, if your loved one is struggling to keep up with an active and engaged lifestyle, there are still plenty of ways they can move their body, connect with friends, and live a healthy life.
Independent living preserves a senior's independence while placing them in a community of like-minded people. It balances the many competing needs of today’s seniors by offering:
A ready-made community that doesn’t intrude on privacy.
Help when a senior needs it, without compromising independence.
An end to the frustrations and costs of home maintenance, without an end to independence.
Access to transportation, classes, meals, and other amenities just outside your door.
Retirement is probably the first time in your life that you haven’t been saddled with seemingly endless responsibilities. That doesn’t mean retirement is obligation-free. The demands of keeping your home in order, nurturing relationships with your children and grandchildren, and sustaining lasting friendships can feel like a full-time job. Independent living may offer a solution to the competing demands of the next chapter of your life. You can settle into restful bliss, schedule an active social calendar, or master new skills without the demands of tending a yard, maintaining a home, and worrying about transportation.
It's a big decision to explore senior living—congratulations for branching out! As you hover on the edge of an exciting new chapter of retirement life, think about these five aspects: care level, location, activities, dining, and evaluation. Senior living communities offer amenities to their residents that mirror those of luxury hotels. Remember, your generation is lucky enough to be offered senior living options that far exceed those of your parents.
The dizzying array of senior living options can be overwhelming. For seniors in reasonably good health, the distinction between assisted and independent living can be especially puzzling. Both options tend to emphasize independence, active living, and a sense of community. In both assisted and independent living, seniors typically have their own apartments or condos. Yet there are some key distinctions between the two models of senior living. Here’s what you need to know—and how to choose.
The holiday season is upon us, which means many of us will be piling into cars or boarding airplanes to head home in celebration. If your holiday schedule lets you stop by to spend time with your senior loved one, you have an opportunity to not only catch up and spread some love, but also to evaluate their health and living situation. Whether you live near your senior loved one or many states away, these are a few signs that your loved one may not be thriving in the current living situation.