Senior retirement communities offer good options for our aging parents these days. They also provide peace of mind for us as their caregivers. There are varying levels of care offered by the senior retirement communities that range from none at all to full-scale nursing care, depending on the type of place.
- Active Adult communities may be restricted to those who are 55 and older. Or, they may target that age group without imposing age restrictions. Either type may be found in a country-club-like community with lots of activities and features. They are designed for the active, independent senior adult.
- Leisure communities are like active adult communities, but have no age limits. Their market is mainly empty-nesters and they offer plenty of options for leisure time within a setting that is typically like a resort.
- Senior retirement communities called “Independent Living Communities” target those over 55 years of age. These offer condo-like living within a facility. They provide maintenance for the facility and grounds and security to those healthy adults who do not need assistance in their daily lives.
- Assisted Living Centers are another form of senior retirement communities that serve those who may have memory loss or physical problems. They assist those who need help with the activities of daily living. They may need help with bathing, dressing, using the bathroom and taking medicines, etc., but they otherwise do not need nursing care.
Often, three daily meals are provided. Also, round-the-clock security, staff, and emergency call service is provided for each unit. Most centers permit residents to move away at any time on short notice; extra effort is usually made to keep residents satisfied at such centers.
- Your aging parent must be healthy and capable of living alone to qualify to live in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCCR). A person may make a contract for only a year or for the rest of their life at a “Life Care Community.” As their health declines, more advanced housing and services and healthcare can be provided. This is initially through independent living and then, if necessary, adding nursing care.
The activities offered can be varied and some even provide transport to outside entertainment. All of this brings peace of mind with knowing that the needs of an aging parent will always be met as they get older without having to leave the community.
- There are senior retirement communities that are run as Alzheimer’s Care facilities. They can serve the needs of those with early- to mid- stages of Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. They may often be structured as a separate living space within an assisted living center. However, once the illness worsens, the resident must move elsewhere, unless there is a specialized dementia unit there.
- Nursing care centers are usually licensed by state and local health agencies. They give different levels of care: supervision and personal assistance and in-depth medical care can be provided to those who cannot bathe, dress, eat, and do other things for themselves.
Nurses may provide 24-hour monitoring and assistance under the supervision of a doctor who is on-call. Nursing care that is provided by assisted living centers or CCRCs may be offered there or at a nearby hospital.Now it’s easier than ever to find solutions within your local area or that of your aging parent that can meet your needs and those of your aging parents.
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