In the later stages of life there may be a point where living alone becomes uncomfortable or difficult. Some people live with close family members, but there can come a time when that too is not the ideal living situation. And some people do not have family members to stay with at all.
Many people think retirement homes are all the same, and some worry that these residences will not offer the level of care one would want for his or herself, or for a loved one. What many people don’t realize is that there are many types of retirement residents available for people will all kinds of needs and abilities.
1. Assisted living options
This type of care offers a place to stay and round-the-clock help with any of the day-to-day tasks the residents may have a hard time accomplishing on their own. It is intended to allow residents to retain as much independence as possible while ensuring that all of their needs are met. These homes also have emergency services available. In the event of an injury, the resident will receive immediate care.
These types of residences will also work with each resident to determine the level of care they will need. Everybody’s needs are different, so by analyzing resident needs and creating personalized plans, these homes allow people to live their best lives.
2. Independent living
These residences are available for people who still have quite a lot of mobility, but who may not be able to manage all of the daily tasks it takes to keep a home running like cleaning, grocery shopping, and keeping up the maintenance of a house.
They will often also organize social activities and have small libraries, common areas or coffee rooms to provide residents with things to do close to home and opportunities to socialize.
These suites also have emergency services available. In the event of an accident or injury, the resident will have help readily available to them.
3. Active adult living
These are almost just like regular homes, except exclusively for people over the age of around 55. They don’t really offer any special care services, but often will have activities available within the community such as dancing or golfing.
These homes are for people who don’t need help with daily tasks, but who would like to be around people their age who they share similar interests with.
Not all retirement home living arrangements need to be long term, sometimes it is just easier to be taken care of in some ways for a short amount of time in certain situations. Respite is an option in some retirement home communities, and is kind of like a hotel for people who need some special services for just a short period of time.
In respite you will receive all of the care that you would receive in independent living or assisted living such as cleaning services, meal services, medication delivery and social activities.
5. Living arrangements
There are options for living situations in retirement homes. It is very common to have a private suite, however there is also often the opportunity to live with a roommate if that is preferred. Maybe you would like to have the company, or you feel more comfortable having someone else nearby. No matter what the reason is, the choice is there.
There is a retirement home community for anybody – no matter the situation or range of abilities. Decide on what type of residence will be most suited, and the people there will work with you to create a plan for care that will ensure a most comfortable living arrangement.