Not all seniors are the same and their choice of housing varies as one person’s choice may not seem attractive for another. Whether an elder opts to live independently, stay in a retirement community or be in an assisted living facility, choosing can be bewildering. Here are some of the elderly housing options.
Assisted living is a housing option for seniors who need help with some activities like travelling to appointments, keeping house, cooking meals and getting to the bathroom. It provides security and safety as well as access to care. This is ideal when the senior needs more personal care than when at home or in an independent living but does not need round-the-clock supervision and medical care.
Continuing Care Retirement Community
Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs are assisted living, nursing home care and independent living in one location. Seniors who love to stay at their own homes get the advantage of being in a familiar place where they know the neighbors and community. It is the best option when they are close to their friends, family and neighbors. If they have accessible transportation, safe neighborhood, do not need high level of care and their home modification is not overwhelming, their own home with CCRC is the best choice.
A housing designed for seniors, mostly aged 55 and older. From freestanding homes to apartment-style living, independent living housing widely varies. It is friendlier, more compact housing, with easy navigation. There is no need to worry about yard work or maintenance. People live independently while amenities, services, activities are offered in some communities. Facilities are senior-oriented aimed to those who do not need assistance or just a little of it. This elderly housing mostly does not offer nursing staff or medical care but residents can hire in-house help if they want or need to.
Seniors who need medical or personal care that is too great to handle in another facility or at home should choose Nursing homes. The need may be caused by a worsening chronic illness or of previous hospitalization. Nevertheless, it is an anticipation that the person will move to another facility or go home after some time.
Home management becomes a problem to seniors who experience health issues but still want to live in their homes. While moving to an elderly housing involves costs, staying at one’s own home is also expensive since the house needs modifications to be safe and accessible. For example, an elderly confined to a wheelchair needs wider doorways, a ramp outside the house, kitchen accommodation and special bathroom. When a senior living in the second floor has a disability, he needs a stair lift.
Seniors who have mobility impairments need expensive changes to their homes to accommodate their special needs. The expense of home modifications depends on the level of the resident’s disability.
Another concept for elderly housing is the village, a specialized service and program like home health care, household help, transportation to the grocery store and social activities with co-members in the village.
Lifestyle change and illness come with aging. These make finding a fitting place to live stressful and difficult. The best method of picking the right choice is the housing that matches one’s lifestyle, financial needs and health.