Choosing a Senior Living Community

Senior living has many options – what’s best for you? Do you require care?

Are you independent and seeking an apartment community where you feel safe, can socialize and have activities right at your fingertips? Yes? An independent living community would fit your lifestyle. Check out senior apartments or a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). A CCRC allows you to move-in as a healthy adult, but if your needs change, you can access higher levels of care right on campus.
There are also independent living options for income qualified seniors. These supportive and affordable housing options help seniors age in place. Some housing options have Service Coordinators who will help to assess your needs, and monitor and schedule services as you need them.

Do you need a little extra care?
Maybe you or a loved one requires a little bit of assistance managing medications and with a few day-to-day activities? If so, you may need to look into a personal care or assisted living community where help is just around the corner when needed.
Higher levels of nursing care are found in skilled nursing communities which provide 24-hour nursing supervision. Skilled nursing communities also offer short-term rehabilitation after surgeries like a hip or a knee replacement.

There are even communities that offer dementia-specific care which specializes in caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Look for one that provides programming that meets each resident where they are in the progression of the disease.
No matter what level of care you or a loved one do (or do not!) require, it’s important that your new home fits where you are along your life’s journey.

Pick a person-centered environment.
Senior living options are not one size fits all. Look for a community that is centered on choice – your choice. Be sure that the community you choose fits your lifestyle – each day should be as individual as you are!

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. Contact us at 877–851-1440.