Age is a highly relative concept from a biological point of view, although social perception of aging is a different matter entirely. It’s perfectly possible that you are fitter and healthier than the average 50-year-old and still a retiree at 60+. Unfortunately, our society is built on generalization and that can make life after retirement very difficult, irrespective of how fit and healthy you might be. Then there are the other situations where you truly do feel your age and even daily chores start to feel like herculean feats.
Fortunately for both the mentioned groups of seniors, as well as for all other types of retirees, there are several options to consider. The term senior living community can mean different things to different members of the same community. Up next, we will briefly explain the different living options that retirees would need to select from. A proper understanding should help you or your family make the right decision.
Search online for retirement communities near me plus your location and you will be shown places that are assisted living communities for seniors, with independent living options available for new retirees and couples. It’s a good option for new retirees who still do not feel the need for living assistance. You will not lack company here and you will be free to live the lifestyle that you wish to. The best part is that you will not need to take care of any chores that you don’t want to.
If you have any physical/mental condition that makes it difficult for you to go about your daily tasks, then assisted living options are going to be ideal for you. Psychologically sound members will still have the independence of decision, of course, which means that they will be able to choose how much assistance they need and when they need it. Those suffering from incapacitating pain, partial paralysis, severe arthritis, etc., will find all the help that they need to live a better, more fulfilling life. Even if someone is in the early stages of a neurodegenerative disease, they will find that the assisted living staff are adapting to their growing needs.
Memory care is ideal for seniors in medium stages of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, vascular dementia, and other brain and/or CNS-related conditions. When partial assistance is no longer enough, then special attention must be given to the person, just to keep them safe, secure, and as happy as possible. If the facility’s memory care program is good, it should also incorporate elements of regular social exchange, brain stimulating games, and physical exercise routines that are known to be helpful. The staff in attendance should also be trained in dealing with the issues that generally accompany the condition(s). This is where skilled nursing services might be considered necessary for some patients.
It is more than likely that the same community will have multiple living options available for seniors, so make your choice after careful deliberation. Pay a few impromptu visits and check the places out for yourself before finalizing any decisions.