Finding the Best Senior Living Community

Moving into a senior living community is a major step for aging adults. They have raised their family, built a lifetime of memories, and cherished years in their home. But, now it is time to move from that home and into a senior living community. Obviously, this is an emotional time and decision for a senior citizen to have to make. However, there are many other factors to be considered because like most things in life, there is a lot more than meets the eye.

 

  1. What type of facility do you need?
    1. Active Adult Community’s consist of townhomes, single family homes, and apartments. There are two types of these communities: Age Targeted (strongly prefer you are 55 and older, but it is not a must) and Age Restrictive Communities ( resident’s must be 55 or older).  These are perfect if you’re still in good health and provide a variety of activities for the residents from walking trails, to biking, to tennis courts. If you’re ready to leave your suburban home and move into a senior living community that is professionally managed this is for you. Check some out here: here.
      1. Assisted Living senior living communities provide assistance in some daily activities when a resident cannot perform them on their own. Many times these facilities provide dining, transportation, 24hr health staff and they can provide assistance to both individuals with cognitive or physical impairment.
      2. Nursing Care Facilities come in two different types: Custodial care, defined as nonmedical care that helps residents perform daily activities. This can be range from putting on shoes to helping them go to the bathroom or eat. Technically this is considered non-medical care. On the other hand, there are skilled nursing facilities that provide more in depth medical care that can range from administering medicine to around the clock care.
  2. Financial Implications
    1. In Massachusetts the average monthly cost of a senior living community is a staggering $4,002. This is a daunting number for individuals who are retired and living off of a fixed income. Families should start preparing a few years in advance and learn as much as they possibly can while considering their family member’s needs.
    2. Consult a doctor and get a professional opinion as to the type of care they will need.
    3. Consider Location, Care Type, and Cost when choosing a facility.