Is Community Care Right for You?
If you are looking for some support with day-to-day activities as you age, and you enjoy social activities with other older adults, a senior living community might be a good choice. Our experts are here to answer your questions about community care.
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Understand Your Senior Living Options
While some older adults prefer to live at home and take advantage of Home Care, others may prefer a more dynamic senior living community with organized activities such as book clubs, gardening, or bingo. There are a variety of community living options, offering different levels of support for aging adults.
Independent living facilities (ILF), senior apartments, 55+ communities
These apartments, offered exclusively to older adults, don’t offer individual assistance or caregiving. But some offer amenities like housekeeping, shared meals, and organized events.
Assisted living facility (ALF), board and care home, residential care for the elderly
These communities offer support for activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and housekeeping. They can vary in size, some providing a more “household” atmosphere, others a larger more social atmosphere. Some specialize in memory care and cater to individuals with dementia.
Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs)
These communities include a range of offerings from independent living, to assisted living, and even memory care. They’re designed to allow older adults to remain in one location while their care needs change over time.
Skilled nursing facility (SNF), nursing home
This setting provides 24/7 medical care and therapy services. Often, stays at a SNF are temporary, as an older adult recovers from hospitalization or surgery. But it can also provide a long-term setting.
Non traditional models
An older adult may invite a housemate to live with them for affordable rent in exchange for some help around the house.
Some models now focus on having multiple generations in the same residence, mimicking the type of support and community our society previously anchored on.
Founded on a model of “neighbors-helping-neighbors,” villages have a mix of paid staff and volunteers who assist older adults with transportation, home repairs, and grocery shopping. This community often offers social activities as well.
Things to Consider when Evaluating a Community
When looking for a community to move into, here are some questions to consider:
- How far is the community from family and friends?
- How big of a community would you prefer?
- Do residents appear well cared for and happy? Talk to them and ask how they like the care there.
- What type of meals are provided? Are special diets accommodated?
- What activities are coordinated? How many residents attend them?
- Can residents access outdoor spaces? Is there a room for socializing with other residents or outside visitors?
- Is there a transportation service for doctor’s appointments or grocery shopping? Is there a charge?
- Do the rooms smell clean?
- What COVID-19 precautions are in place?
- Are there staff available to assist with filling of weekly pill containers, and if so, is there a fee?
- Is there a system to notify someone 24 hours per day of a fall or other emergency in the unit?
- Is there a maintenance person available to help with changing light bulbs or other problems in the unit? Is there an additional charge for this service?
- What happens if residents require higher levels of care as they age? Is there an additional cost? Is there a level of assistance that would require a resident to move out of the facility?
- How are rent and fees calculated? What types of payment or funding sources are accepted?
There’s a lot to consider when choosing a senior living community. But you can find senior living placement professionals, like Care Patrol, to help. Senior living placement professionals are similar to real estate agents, and can help you determine the best type of community to serve your individual needs. They’re knowledgeable about the different options in your area, and can take you on tours to compare communities and find one that you like. Their services are free to families because they’re compensated by the communities.
It can be a little overwhelming to think about moving out of your home and into a senior living community. But if you find one that seems to check all of your boxes, the peace of mind, social stimulation, and daily assistance (if needed) can more than make up for the hassle of moving.