Nowadays, there are several housing options available for seniors. It may be difficult to know what type of housing would best suit you or your loved one. Here’s a short breakdown of the options that are available for today’s seniors.
55+ Active Adult
These communities offer apartments, condos, or patio homes in an age-restricted environment, meaning 80% of the community must be over the age of 55. As far as provided care, these communities offer no assistance with daily living. They are maintenance-free and may offer additional services such as housekeeping. Active adult communities are a great option for independent adults who are looking to downsize to simplify their lifestyle.
From apartments to patio homes, independent living communities offer housing designed for older adults. Features include wider hallways, walk-in showers, and smaller floor plans. This maintenance-free community, similar to a 55+ active adult community, offers activities and services, with access to transportation, services and social networks. These residences are aimed at older adults who need minor to no assistance with daily living. Typically, there is no medical care or nursing staff on-site.
Assisted living residences offer apartment homes for seniors who need assistance with some activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and getting around. There is also minor assistance with medication. These residences offer 24-hour, nurse-supervised care. Most assisted living facilities offer a group dining room and common areas for recreational use. These communities are designed for seniors who need assistance with daily living.
Memory Care Assisted Living
Also known as specialty or dementia care, memory care facilities offer apartment-style homes that are similar to assisted living facilities; however, they have additional trained staff and unique design features to assure the safety and health of seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. These communities are designed for seniors who need assistance with daily living and suffer from dementia.
Nursing homes offer the highest level of care outside of a hospital, with smaller apartment-style rooms for seniors that require assistance with both daily living and medical care. These facilities are designed for seniors who have a great need for medical and personal care. Assistance and care is physician supervised with a nurse or medical professional on-site, 24-hours.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
These large facilities include independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care all in one. The idea is that a senior can stay in one place as their housing needs change as they age. These communities offer all levels of assistance with personal and medical care. Typically, these communities have a higher cost and entry fee.