You may be thinking about new living arrangements for yourself. Or perhaps you have a family member whose current home no longer meets their needs.
With so many senior housing options available, how do you know which one to choose? In general, you’ll want a community that maximizes independence and social opportunities while still meeting health and safety requirements.
Here are a few things to consider when looking at senior living communities:
- Overall health requirements
- Independence with daily living activities
- Home maintenance needs
- Safety and security features offered
- Social activities available
- Community amenities accessible
It’s also helpful to know the difference between three main types of senior housing: independent living, assisted living and nursing homes.
Independent Living Communities
If you can still live independently, but you’re ready to let someone else handle yard work and maintenance, an independent living community like The Terrace may be a great option.
These communities feature apartment-style dwellings with lots of social activities, amenities and services to support an active lifestyle. At The Terrace, you have many opportunities to get to know your neighbors, such as fun outings, book clubs and even a choral group! You can enjoy delicious meals at any of the three restaurants, get in shape in the fitness center or catch a flick at the movie theater.
While this is the least restrictive senior housing option, many independent living communities do provide basic safety and security. The Terrace has a friendly staff on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and doors are secured day and night.
Assisted Living Communities
Assisted living provides help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, getting dressed, bathing, using the restroom or managing medications.
Although more restrictive than independent living, most assisted living communities encourage the maximum level of independence that is still possible. Trained staff members are available 24/7, and help is just a phone call away.
Many people are embarrassed to ask for help and may resist the need for assisted living at first. However, the services provided can significantly improve quality of life. It is also helpful to tour the community with a loved one to make sure all of the important questions are asked.
Assisted living is not appropriate for people who require skilled nursing care.
Skilled nursing facilities, or nursing homes, are intended for people who require 24-hour medical care and constant monitoring. Residents also receive full assistance with ADLs.
Registered nurses and other medical professionals must always be present, and care is supervised by a licensed physician.
Moving to a new home is a big step at any life stage, especially if you’ve lived in the same house for many years. Gathering as much information as possible, and getting loved ones involved in your decision, can help things go more smoothly.
If you’re an independent senior age 62 or older, we invite you to pay us a visit. At The Terrace, you’ll discover a vibrant retirement community that values friendship, freedom and respect.
To schedule a visit or request an information packet, reach out to us online or call us at 573-875-2538.