Planning For Your Future Needs
You may not feel like a senior but for adults 55+, a variety of senior housing options are available to you. These options cover a broad spectrum from active living communities to those providing complete and continuous care. Your SRES® is available to help you navigate these senior housing options as you age paying great attention to cost, location, services, amenities, activities, and current and future care needs.
1. Independent Living
Condos, townhouses, and single-family homes that are smaller and more maintenance-free than large-family properties are frequently people’s first choice, especially if they’re healthy and active.
2. Active Adult Senior Retirement Homes and Communities
These homes and communities aim to service the interests of active adults over the age of 55. Housing types often include condos, townhouses, and single-family properties, designed to deliver a maintenance-free lifestyle. Such communities offer various on-site activities, including exercise, social clubs, art instruction, and lecture series.
3. Assisted Living Senior Retirement Homes and Communities
Residents live in their own apartments, but have the benefit of an on-site staff, meal service in communal dining spaces, and planned activities and outings. Some assisted living communities also offer access to nurses and daily living assistance. Others may offer more extensive medical and personal services.
4. Adult Family Senior Retirement Homes
Such properties are licensed to care for up to six residents in a home setting. Services typically include meals and housing maintenance and attending to residents’ safety and care. Facilities may specialize in addressing specific health concerns by providing care in an environment tailored to those conditions.
5. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (Memory Care)
People living with dementia require an ever-evolving approach to care. That care can be complex and become difficult for the family caregiver to manage on their own. Facilities specializing in caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease offer programs that address residents needs and provide an environment where they can live safely.
Services typically include:
- Personal care like bathing and dressing
- Administering medicine
Many of these facilities incorporate safe wandering paths and color-coded areas to help with way-finding. Such designs provide comfort and ease residents’ anxiety.
6. Continuing Care Retirement Living Communities
These communities offer progressive levels of assistance, depending on a person’s needs. They include independent and assisted living as well as nursing care. This allows residents to change the care provided to address the care they need without having to go through a dramatic move.