For many seniors, staying independent is of utmost importance. Some feel that if they rely on others to do everything for them, that they will cease to “exist”. Others don’t need any or much help, and may want to stay close to friends and family. For those seniors, there are many independent living options available:
Most Active Adult Communities offer a clubhouse where a variety of activities are offered. Services such as landscaping, maintenance & housekeeping are usually offered as well. Senior Apartments are independent living units with an age requirement. Meals are usually not provided, but most have a clubhouse where groups meet for activities. Retirement Communities offer independent living with amenities such as meals, transportation and activities included in the monthly fee.
A CCRC or continuing care retirement community offers independent living, assisted living and nursing care in a single setting. You can start on the independent level and progress as need be, staying on one campus. These communities normally require an entry fee and offer a living unit, meals, and health care up to the nursing level. Senior Villages are a newer phenomenon where a group of homes share services and interact to make their own “community”. Services in the different “communities” may include transportation, meals, activities, housekeeping, laundry, and more. Ask for a list when you call or visit.
For those wanting to stay in their home, home care can offer help with daily activities such as dressing, bathing, cooking, errands, light housekeeping and more, which allows seniors to get help when they need it & continue to do what they can.