This blog was published on March 14, 2016 and updated on January 8, 2020.
More seniors than ever are choosing senior living communities. There are nearly 30,000 communities in the United States serving more than 800,000 seniors. The conundrum of whether to rent or buy can be tough to solve, especially if you’re new to the world of assisted living. There’s no right decision, nor are there any universal principles that apply to everyone. Instead, making the decision requires some detective work, an honest assessment of your needs and budget and a clear understanding of what’s included in the price of admission to the community.
This blog was published on February 19, 2016 and updated on December 26, 2019.
The right assisted living community can make a big difference in a senior’s quality of life. Many seniors find that transitioning to senior living opens new doors, allowing them to master new hobbies, cultivate meaningful friendships, and get the help they need while still remaining as independent as possible. Quality dining, exceptional activities, and access to nearby family should figure prominently in the decision. However, it’s also important to ensure that the community can meet a senior’s care needs, especially if they might change.
Senior living can be life-changing. In an era when web advertising brands everything from toothpaste to stationery as “life-altering,” that might seem like hyperbole. It’s not. Seniors lead better, healthier, happier lives in senior living communities. So although caregivers may worry that moving a loved one to senior living means downgrading their quality of life, the truth is that assisted living can offer care and hope that even the best home-based caregivers cannot match. Here’s how assisted living can help your loved one live a better life.
There’s a dark side to healthy eating. It includes endless Sunday night meal preparation; scouring recipe books for something new; spending an hour at the grocery store only to get home and realize you forgot the key ingredient. And that’s not even taking into account the exhausting toll driving, shopping, and cooking can take. Even if you love cooking, chances are good you don’t love it all the time — especially if you’re the only one in your house whoever does it.
About 25 percent of seniors are veterans, which means that many seniors are entitled to veterans’ benefits that can make senior living more accessible and affordable. The right senior living community honors veterans with excellent care, compelling activities, and acknowledgment of their service. If you need help funding the costs of an excellent senior living community, here’s what you need to know.
In the popular imagination, senior living is a last resort for seniors whose loved ones can’t care for them. In reality, it’s an amazing option for seniors who need a little help, but who still want to maintain their independence. The assisted living community of today is nothing like the nursing home of yesteryear. Assisted senior living supports seniors of all ability levels to reach their goals, live lives of purpose, and remain as healthy as possible for years to come.
Senior living communities have evolved drastically over the past few decades. While new features such as spas, swimming pools, and cutting-edge technology make senior living more appealing, it can also muddy the waters when trying to find a solution for yourself or your aging loved one. If you find yourself feeling frustrated or overwhelmed when searching for a senior living community that meets the needs of you or your loved one, you are not alone.
Without previous experience searching for a senior living community, you can easily get overwhelmed by all of the available information. Fortunately, you have many options to choose from—you just have to know where to start.
Your loved one has made the decision to move into an assisted living community. More likely than not, you were actively involved in that decision-making process, and both of you are looking forward to having the additional assistance that will give you peace of mind for your loved one’s safety and socialization. However, even with all the excitement of moving into a new space, it is common for your loved one to experience some worries upon transition.
Assisted living versus memory care. This is not really a debate or a competition, but rather, two levels of senior living that many people do not understand the differences between. As a result, the two terms are often incorrectly interchanged. This is unfortunate, because seniors who require care in a senior living community need amenities, assistance, and a philosophy that corresponds to their situations. And amid the assisted living versus memory care “debate,” they often don’t receive what they truly need.