So you’ve made the decision to move.
Now which type of community is right for you?
Finding a senior living community that is just right for you or your parents can be difficult — even if, by now, they’re looking forward to the security, extra help, regular meals, and social activity that it brings. Take the time to find the right fit that offers the same type of surroundings your home provided for you for so many years.
The senior housing industry has done an excellent job of providing various living options with different levels of service for different levels of need. Here are some senior housing classifications to help you out:
Independent Living Communities
Independent living refers to a residence in an easy-to-maintain, private apartment or house within a community of seniors. Residents are provided with meals, housekeeping, activities and wellness programs, transportation and socialization. Independent living provides the greatest versatility and self-sufficiency.
Assisted Living Communities
Assisted living communities offer the safety and security of 24-hour support and access to more personal care services than an independent living situation. Bathing, medication reminders, dressing, and more are also a part of the everyday routine. Meals are typically served three times a day and are included in the cost. Housekeeping, maintenance, activities, and transportation are also included. An assisted living community may be a good choice if personal care services are needed, but round-the- clock medical care and supervision are not.
This is the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. In a nursing home, staff provides assistance with getting in and out of bed, feeding, bathing and dressing. A high level of medical care is also provided.
A memory care environment is designed for persons with a level of impairment making it unsafe for them to continue living at home, but who do not require the intensive care of a skilled nursing facility. In memory care, memory-impaired residents have access to 24-hour support and programs that ensure their safety and quality of life. The residences are 100 percent secure with alarmed or locked areas to ensure nobody wanders off. Usually, within these secured areas, residents can enjoy indoor walking paths or outdoor paths or gardens.
A great way to give senior living a try.
One simple way to determine if a community is the right community is Spectrum’s unique short-term-stay program. Prospective residents can stay in a furnished apartment at any one of our communities. Because diversity among retirement communities is considerable, staying at a Spectrum community is a perfect opportunity to try the flexibility of living in a retirement community and experience this kind of lifestyle.
If you would like to find out more about a Spectrum community near you, please call 888-684-1160 or go online to SpectrumRetirement.com. Spectrum Retirement Communities – This feels like home.