Independent living facilities, also called retirement communities or retirement homes, provide a carefree lifestyle. Older adults who want to enjoy retirement without the responsibilities of home upkeep and other daily chores often thrive in senior independent living communities. Independent living offers dining options, housekeeping and maintenance services, and plenty of opportunities for social activities.
Companionship, social activities, restaurant-style dining, and a safe community environment are just a few of the reasons why seniors choose independent living. Many retirement communities also offer senior-friendly features, such as walk-in showers, well-lit hallways, and emergency alert systems.
Independent living costs vary depending on location, community amenities, and apartment size and features. The U.S. national median price for independent living is $2,552 a month. Independent living is for generally healthy seniors. This means Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans resources, such as VA Aid and Attendance, don't pay for retirement living.
Independent living communities come in all shapes and sizes to fit seniors' tastes, personalities, and budget. From large communities with resort-like amenities - such as pools, hot tubs, pubs, and golf courses - to smaller retirement homes, most offer onsite beauty salons and barber shops, and scheduled transportation for outings, shopping and medical appointments.
Assisted living communities provide 24-hour care for seniors who need help with daily tasks - such as dressing, grooming, and medication management - but don't need ongoing skilled medical services. Assisted living facilities offer a maintenance-free lifestyle that includes restaurant-style meals, wellness programs, housekeeping services, and opportunities for social activities and outings. Some assisted living communities also offer amenities such as gyms, beauty salons and barber shops, and space for gardening.Complete guide to assisted living
Memory care, sometimes called Alzheimer's care, provides housing and 24-hour care for seniors with dementia or other types of memory loss. Memory care facilities offer a safe, uniquely designed environment for residents to improve quality of life, reduce confusion, and prevent wandering. Staff at memory care facilities receive special training to help prevent and minimize difficult dementia behaviors. These communities also offer memory-enhancing activities - such as music and art therapy - in addition to many of the services available at assisted living, such as prepared meals, housekeeping, laundry, and assistance with daily activities, such as dressing, bathing, and grooming.Complete guide to Memory Care
A nursing home is a place of residence for individuals who cannot adequately care for themselves yet do not require hospital-level care.(1) Skilled nursing facilities - also known as convalescent care facilities, long-term care facilities and congregate living health facilities - provide a standard of care that undoubtedly exceeds the government's definition. Nursing homes vary in terms of cost, appearance, and services offered. Some nursing homes are state-funded, while others are privately operated. Short-term nursing care is offered for patients who recently underwent surgery, are recovering from an acute illness or injury, or who need rehabilitation services. Similarly, long-term nursing care is offered for individuals who live with a chronic illness, terminal condition or cognitive disorder. Typically, individuals with chronic illnesses will permanently remain in nursing homes, where they have immediate access to the level of care that they need.Complete guide to Nursing Home
Independent living facilities, also called retirement communities or retirement homes, provide a carefree lifestyle. Older adults who want to enjoy retirement without the responsibilities of home upkeep and other daily chores often thrive in senior independent living communities. Independent living offers dining options, housekeeping and maintenance services, and plenty of opportunities for social activities.Complete guide to Independent living
Senior apartment communities are tailored to the needs of active adults over age 55. Senior 55 plus communities often feature amenities such as golf, swimming pools, tennis courts, and fitness centers to attract the older adults who want a low maintenance lifestyle. Most community fees include utilities, landscaping services, home maintenance services and security. Senior apartments do not offer the type of personal care services that assisted living communities and memory care facilities provide.Complete guide to Senior Apartment
Care homes, also known as adult family homes, board and care homes, residential care or personal care homes offer personalized service to small groups of adults. These residential homes provide lodging, meal services and assistance with daily living activities.Complete guide to Care Homes
For older adults who are recovering from surgery, illness or need assistance at home, hiring an in home caregiver can be a lifesaver. Home care aides provide comfort, support, meals, transportation and coordinate care between home, family members, doctors and the hospital. Home care agencies offer 24/7 live in home health aide support to hourly as needed assistance. Requirements for home health aide training, certification and education vary by state. It's important to ensure you find dependable, trusted caregivers for your loved ones.Complete guide to Home Care
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