Senior Housing Options
55+ Active Senior Apartments
Are you 55 or better? Are you tired of the expense and maintenance of being a homeowner? Would you rather be on the golf course or mowing your lawn? Do you want to live in a community with other people who are your age or older?
55+ Active Senior Apartments typically feature amenities such as swimming pools, putting greens and fitness centers to attract older adults who want a maintenance-free lifestyle. In this type of community, you have a choice of 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and even 3-bedroom apartments. These types of communities can range from a basic apartment, up to a 5-Star luxury resort type community. Pets are welcome and many of these apartments even provide dog parks where your furry friends can play.
Are you tired of cooking and cleaning? If you’re ready to enjoy retirement without the responsibilities of daily chores, and would like the opportunity to socialize with other seniors this might be the type of community for you.
Independent Living is also referred to as a Retirement community or the “Cruise Ship on Land”. Everything is included in your monthly rent - meals, utilities, housekeeping, basic cable, activities, maintenance and transportation. In this type of community you have the choice of studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments. Most of these communities have kitchenettes (refrigerator, sink and microwave) because meals are provided, however, some do have full kitchens. Dining plans can vary by community. Pets are welcome here! You can also add on concierge health care services for an additional fee. For example, if reminders for medication or assistance while bathing are needed, you can add an aide to assist through a Home Care service.
Independent Living sounds great... BUT your loved one needs 24-hour assistance. Help may be needed with tasks such as bathing, dressing, medication management, mobility or memory issues.
In Assisted Living your loved one gets all of the amenities found in Independent Living, PLUS help with any personal care needs. Choose the apartment size you prefer, most offer studio, 1-bedroom and 2 bedroom units. You then meet with the community nurse who will assess your loved one to determine care that is needed and the associated charge for care.
Included in your rent are meals, utilities, housekeeping, laundry service, basic cable, activities, maintenance and transportation.Your furry friends are welcome here too, although some communities require that your loved one still be able to care for their pet, while others can provide the care for an additional fee.
Does your loved one have Dementia? Have they ever wandered off or gotten lost in their own home? Do they have issues with sundowning?
A memory care is a secure building, dedicated to the care of dementia residents. Staff members receive specialized training on meeting the unique needs of a memory care resident. Elements of the buildings and activities are specifically designed to meet the needs of dementia residents. Music and art therapies may also be available. Apartment sizes are typically studio or 1-bedroom. Shared rooms are also available and are a good way to help save on costs. Just like in Assisted Living, your loved one will be assessed by the community nurse to create their plan of care. Most Memory Care communities charge one flat monthly rate covering housing and care.
Residential Care Home
Would your senior loved one prefer a smaller, more home-like setting? Does your loved one have dementia or mobility issues?
Most people have never heard of Residential Care Homes, but they are growing in popularity. They are traditional homes in neighborhoods, that have been modified and dedicated to the care of seniors. They’re an alternative to an assisted living or memory care community, and can be a much less expensive option. Caregivers are in the home 24/7 and can provide a high level of care, including bathing, dressing, incontinence care, and mobility issues. The average number of residents in a care home ranges from 3 to 8. Much like a memory care all services are provided, and you pay one monthly fee that covers housing and care.
Home Care, Home Health & Hospice
There are many services available to help seniors maintain their independence. Home Care and Home Health are frequently mentioned and often confused because their names are so similar.
Home Care or Personal Assistance Service is non-medical care, such as companionship, light housekeeping, bathing, dressing, meal preparation. These services can be provided in your home or in a senior community. Payment is private pay.
Home Health is medical care, such as nursing care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy. These services are ordered by a physician and can be provided in your home or in a senior community. Payment is Medicare or Insurance.