Every season of life brings changes, challenges, and opportunities. One of the biggest changes faced by aging adults is determining where to live. There are more housing options for seniors aside from retirement homes or assisted living. Here are a few ideas of where to live as a senior:
Residential Care Homes are large houses shared by several seniors living with in-home caretakers. The level of care provided can vary greatly so be sure to research exactly what a home offers to make sure it will fit your needs. This is a great housing option for seniors who want to retain the sense of a private, home-like community.
Independent Living Communities are also known as retirement villages, 55+ communities, and senior apartments. This living situation is perfect for seniors who are independent, but may need to downsize for financial or practical reasons (senior apartments are potentially less expensive than a mortgage payment, and require far less upkeep than a house).
Nursing Homes are on the opposite end of the spectrum from Independent Living Communities in that they are ideal for seniors who have medical conditions requiring frequent attention. Residents usually share rooms and meals are served communally.
Assisted Living Communities are in-between Independent Living Communities and Nursing Homes in terms of the services provided. Typically, an Assisted Living community provides residents with meals, housekeeping services, and help with medications. Staff are on site 24 hours a day for emergencies and many also offer organized social activities and transportation.
Continuing Care Facilities offer a range of assistance from Independent Living to Assisted Living to Nursing Home care. This is one of the best housing options for seniors who are planning for the future and want to simplify their transitions later on down the road.
Multi-generational housing is growing in popularity. The concept is simple: multiple generations living under the same roof. Houses specifically designed for multigenerational living often include separate entrances, living areas, and even kitchens/kitchenettes for families. Of course, this requires a commitment from everyone involved to love each other and work through differences and may not be right for every family, but in many instances this solution works out to be a win-win for everyone.
Your Own Home is absolutely an option! With a little planning, you can make your house ideal for retirement. Hiring an in-home caregiver is a viable way to age in place.The simplest type of Home Care, Activities of Daily Living, is assistance with with daily tasks like meal prep and bathing. The second type of Home Care, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, is more all-encompassing to include tasks such as paying bills, transportation, and providing companionship and support. The frequency of care can be adjusted based on your needs.
As you can see, there are multiple housing options for seniors to choose from. The “right” answer will vary for each individual and family, but the important thing to know is that you have multiple options when it comes to choosing the place you live.