More than 8 million senior citizens receive support from long-term care services each year.
If you have an older parent or relative, you’ve probably considered the need for senior care sometime in the future.
There are many factors to consider when looking into residential homes for the elderly, and it can be overwhelming to make sense of them on your own.
Finding the best senior housing options is a life-changing decision. Here are the best ways to find assisted living options for your loved ones.
Types of Senior Housing Options
Types of senior living options vary greatly, so there is likely a perfect fit for your loved one that meets all of their needs. Housing for seniors can range from apartments where residents are surrounded by those their own age, to villages that provide 24-hour medical care.
Every senior has different needs and it is important to find the best housing for them.
Active Adult Communities
Active adult communities are designed for adults ages 55 and over who are able to live fully independent of extra care. These communities are often neighborhoods comprised of houses, townhouses, apartments, or condos, and who require no additional care.
Recreational activities and services are often made available by the property coordinator. These residences are great for those who are still fully independent but want to live near those around their age.
Independent Living Communities
Independent living communities are perfect for seniors who might feel lonely, but do not need personal care the way seniors in assisted living might require. These facilities allow for more interaction with other seniors and provide activities and other services that would not be available in a typical apartment complex, or in their own house.
Units in independent communities can usually be bought or rented by residents. Meals, laundry, and transportation might be available as well. These options make financing a bit more predictable and easier to plan out.
Assisted Living Residences
Assisted living facilities offer a little extra help to those who need it, such as assistance with dressing, bathing, and taking medication properly.
The personal care services offered make assisted living residences great for those who still want to live independently, but might require extra help with everyday tasks.
Extended Care Facilities
Often called nursing homes, these facilities offer services of residential and medical care. Nurses and other medical staff are available 24 hours a day for routine care and for emergencies.
Residents in nursing homes typically stay temporarily, but sometimes they live here long-term. Nursing homes will take care of seniors who have recently had surgery, have fallen, or have other medical needs that require continued medical care.
This makes them a great home for a senior who needs more assistance than at another type of senior assistance facility.
Most nursing homes will take medicaid or medicare, but it is important to check with your desired facility to make sure that is an option.
Continued Care Retirement Communities
These senior living residences offer a variety of options for housing on a big campus. Independent living, assisted living, and nursing home facilities are all offered at continued care communities, giving you and your loved one a choice on what would be best for them.
These communities are beneficial to some because they allow for broader care options as one ages. If a resident needs to move from assisted living to a nursing home, they can easily transition to another part of the campus instead of needing to find a new service.
These communities are typically more expensive, though, and require payment upfront for services that will be used in the future.
Other Factors to Consider
Now that you have a better idea about the types of elder care options, it is important to consider other factors such as your loved one and their needs and desires.
Talk to Your Loved One
Picking the right housing option is only half of the process. While on the surface the housing option seems to line up with the type of care your senior might need, be sure to talk to them before making any final decisions.
They should have a say in what housing they want and have a chance to communicate their needs and desires in housing.
Placing a loved one in senior care facilities can be a difficult decision for you and for them, but discussing the options with them will make the process easier for everyone involved.
Talk to Their Doctor
A primary care doctor who knows your loved one’s medical history might be able to help in the decision-making process. Since they best understand the medical care that would be required for them, it is important to ask for their opinion on housing options.
Some doctors or their offices might even be able to help you navigate the process a little better. Be sure to consult them for any advice they might be able to give you.
Consider the Long-Term Financial Commitment
While some housing options will work with medicaid and medicare, other housing options require payment upfront for services that will be used in the future.
Make sure you understand the financial commitment you are agreeing to, as well as anyone else who plans on contributing to the funding.
In Texas, there are some options for financial assistance available, so be sure to look into all of your options before making any decisions.
Choosing the Right Senior Housing
Finding the right senior housing options for your loved one is a big decision, but we want to help you make the best choice. Contact Us today to find out more about our options for seniors at every level of care.