There are many different types of senior living communities to choose from. These definitions will help you get a better understanding of your options.
Typically restricted to people who are 55+, these communities offer residential living, usually in single-family homes, townhomes or condominiums, or multi-family properties, either for sale or for rent. Hospitality services and outdoor maintenance might be included in the resident’s monthly fee, and the community could offer amenities such as a clubhouse and recreational spaces. Assistance with activities of daily living isn’t typically provided, but access or referral to nearby health care providers may be. Typically, residents have a choice of whether or not to take advantage of available services or programs, which can include housekeeping, interior and exterior maintenance, transportation and social activities.
What if…? What if you or your spouse/partner has a sudden health crisis? What if you need long-term care of some kind? What if your house becomes too much to take care of? AP-NORC Long-Term Care polls find that 67% of older adults have done little or no planning for their future health needs. If your “plan” is just to remain in your house or have one of your grown children take care of you, there are some questions you need to ask yourself now.
Many senior living communities, along with stand-alone memory support communities, specialize in services dedicated to caring for residents needing memory care for Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia or cognitive impairments. Most memory care programs are supported in specially designed environments, and include innovative technologies and interventions that can decrease the anxieties and difficulties related to dealing with dementia. Staff typically have a high level of expertise in memory care