If you or your loved ones are at an age where you’re considering a senior living move, it can be really tricky to decide which of these options is the right one.
There is a myriad of different opportunities for older people, and some sound more like holiday resorts than homes, whereas others seem to resemble sanitoriums rather than houses!
Picking the right retirement property or senior living option for you and your loved one is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in later life, and it could be one of the last big decisions you or your loved one makes in your life, so it’s worth ensuring that it’s the right decision.
Looking at the Options
The very first step is to decide what kind of accommodation you or your loved one really need and what kind of accommodation you or your loved one would really want. These two aren’t always necessarily the same, but the right kind of place will balance the need for elderly care and the vital importance of retaining independent living.
Age-restricted communities are a great option for those loved ones who are looking to retain their independence but live a little more of a community-based lifestyle.
Residents will typically have their own house or apartment (either singularly or as a couple), but there will be more community-based options such as gyms, clubhouses, on-site facilities, etc. It’s a great way to compromise between an independent life and a supported life.
Apartments for Seniors
This is really the next step up from the age-restricted communities. In some ways, they’re quite similar in that your loved ones will usually have their own space. In some cases, that may be an apartment or condo, in other cases, it may be that they have their own room with extra facilities such as a very small kitchen.
Apartments for seniors usually offer services like meals on wheels as well as other more organized social options. Usually, the apartments are built around a complex rather than a small village structure as in the age-restricted communities.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCCR)
Continuing Care Retirement Communities are a specific type of community for retirees that will allow them to grow old in their own homes. Starting off with more independent living options in a continuing care community, retirees are able to access support for things such as dining options, nursing, memory care, and other assisted living options as they age making them a great option for those who wish to grow old gracefully.
Independent and Co-Hosting Facilities
If your relative is not ready to give up their autonomous lifestyle, then independent facilities may suit them better, especially if they come with co-hosting options too!
Residents usually have a one-bedroom studio apartment to call their own and go about their daily lives, but the option is always there to join in with others and share things such as shared garden space if that’s something they would like.