Did you know that an estimated 1 million American adults live in some type of senior care facility? With the 77 million Baby Boomers poised to retire over the next two decades, that number is sure to go up pretty soon. However, the needs of these seniors are just as diverse as they are, so it’s important to know which senior care options will be provided at a specific senior living facility.
For the most part, senior living can be broken up into two distinct categories: independent senior housing and assisted living homes. While multiple options for senior living exist within those categories, most seniors who require long-term care and living options choose one or the other.
Assisted living is used to treat a variety of conditions that many seniors experience. For many, the “assistance” comes in the form of help with daily tasks: at least 40% of seniors need help with three or more daily responsibilities, such as eating, cleaning, bathing, driving, or other chores. These senior care options also allow for memory care and treatment of disease, with round-the-clock staff available to help in any situation. Assisted living facilities are helpful for those who may have mobility issues or need any other kind of help with their daily activities.
Independent senior living, however, is a newer type of facility, and these accommodations can range from the basic to the lavish. Independent living communities may take the form of apartments, townhouses, or individual homes, yet they can still provide many senior care options for those who need them with in-home nursing. These communities can also help seniors stay active and make friends, which are two great ways to ward off depression and slow down aging.
If you have questions about a senior living facility, it’s best to visit one. There you can take a tour and ask the staff questions to assess whether that home is right for you or a loved one.
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