Am I ready to move?
There are many factors in the decision to pull up roots and replant them in a place you are not certain is right. Many ask the “what if…” questions. Some of my clients are more adventurous than others and jump in feet first and never look back. Others test the temperature of the water cautiously. I’m here to make help make your decision easier.
My job is to talk you through all your questions so you feel confident in your decision to Age-in-Place or to move to a senior community. There are many choices and I can help the transition go smoothly.
The purpose is to participate in activities, keep healthy, laugh, volunteer, hobbies,
make friends, and do more than sit around and watch TV.
There are six types of senior communities.
55plus/62plus/Active Adult Community
55plus/62plus/Active Adult Communities are residential communities designed for older adults who are 55 or 62 years and above. They offer an apartment setting perfect for individuals who seek to downsize or “rightsize” their living arrangements, in which the residents are spared from the burden of any upkeep. They have access to a much easier lifestyle. This setup fosters an environment where people at the same stage of life can connect and avail themselves of activities that interest them, thus creating opportunities for socializing and getting involved in fulfilling hobbies. Lock-n-Leave is another feature that makes Active Adult Communities safe and secure for residents. Pets are generally allowed in such communities, making the entire environment pet-friendly. Ultimately, living in an Active Adult Community is not simply a matter of need but a choice that can enrich an individual’s lifestyle.
Independent living refers to the lifestyle of a person who can manage their daily routine and activities without assistance. This type of living may include having access to a healthy meal to maintain physical health, weekly housekeeping services to ensure a clean living space, and transportation to run errands or attend appointments. Engaging in various activities that support mental and social well-being is also essential. Additionally, some independent living facilities allow pets, which provides companionship and helps reduce loneliness. Though independent living is a want for many individuals, for some, it is also a need, especially for older adults or people with disabilities, who require support to live a fulfilling life.
Assisted living is a residential option for older adults who need assistance with daily activities. It allows older adults to live independently while receiving care when needed, such as help with bathing,
dressing, medication management, laundry, and housekeeping. In addition, assisted living offers a variety of activities, such as traveling, pet-friendly environments, community involvement, and exercise
programs. Many older adults often wonder why they didn’t consider assisted living sooner as it provides a comfortable, supportive environment and a sense of community that can improve well-being.
Ultimately, assisted living may be the ideal choice for those who need or want additional social, emotional, and physical support daily.
A Care Home is where older adults or individuals who require assistance with daily living can live in a house with other residents under the care of a team of staff who oversee their medical needs. Medical management, including medication administration, making and taking contact with medical professionals, bathing, reminders, laundry, and nutritious meals, are some of the services offered to residents. Care Homes are suitable for older adults who need or want physical and emotional support, social interaction, and assistance with daily tasks. Living in a Care Home ensures that older adults receive care and enjoy life with independence and autonomy.
Memory care is a specialized form of long-term care designed to support individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other forms of memory loss. Individuals with memory loss often experience difficulty with daily tasks, including getting lost, becoming confused, and feeling paranoid, leading to unsafe behaviors. Memory care communities have highly trained employees who are able to redirect activities, manage medication, assist with bathing, provide reminders, offer laundry services, and prepare nutritious meals. By prioritizing resident safety and care, memory care facilities create a comfortable and calming environment.
Nursing Care/Short or Long-Term Care
Nursing care involves caring for patients who require medical attention, rehabilitation, and therapy for either short-term or long-term. The nursing staff is responsible for providing patients with medical management, such as administering medication, providing physical therapy, and aiding in rehabilitation. They also assist with bathing, laundry, and meal preparation to ensure patients are comfortable and can focus their energy on their recovery. However, nursing homes and long-term care facilities usually do not permit residents to have pets. Through their dedication and commitment to their patients, nursing care professionals provide care that helps improve their patient’s quality of life while encouraging them to work toward recovery.