The decision has been made: It’s time to downsize. Whether the relocation is for yourself or an elderly loved one, the amount of decisions and research that must be conducted can often feel overwhelming. Below, you’ll find the different types of housing best designed for senior citizens. No matter what level of care you’re looking for, there’s always a place that can match your needs and situation.
Active Adult Communities:
Looking for a country club type of setting? An active adult community is a great fit for individuals who enjoy physical recreation. These communities typically market to adults aged 55 or older, but different housing rules may be applied if the community is age-restricted or age-targeted. Since residents here are independent and active, the communities are not usually equipped to handle health care services. The amenities often include walking trails, a golf course, and various other indoors hobby centers.
Independent Living Communities:
Seniors who are active but want to downsize tend to gravitate toward independent living communities. These environments can be great for people who are tired of worrying about their home’s upkeep and other maintenance needs. Options for meal plans and other minor assistance for cleaning and other chores are usually available, too. In that sense, independent living communities can feel like staying at a resort. There are plenty of social activities and entertainment throughout the week. Plus, residents can feel safe knowing that they have access to emergency help nearby.
Assisted Living Residences:
Individuals who need some help managing their daily activities might be more interested in an assisted living residence. These communities are designed to give residents a helping hand with meal prep, dressing, bathing, toileting, and other personal needs. With these types of services readily available, seniors can easily get comfortable settling in to their new home. Assisted living residences are often arranged like an apartment complex, with multiple common areas. That way, everyone has their own space to relax, eat meals, or entertain.
Continuing Care Communities:
Not sure which setup is best? A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) might give you some peace of mind. These communities are unique because they offer three different levels of care (independent living, assisted living, and nursing home) all on the same campus. Seniors typically move into these facilities when they are healthy and active, and they feel confident knowing that any care services they need down the road will be readily available. Residents in continuing care communities live in townhomes, cottages, duplexes, and apartments—every setup is different!
Other Things to Consider:
The level of medical care you or your senior needs should always be considered when deciding on how to downsize. Of course, physical and emotional needs will also play a big role in where to live. Finding the right fit for your current lifestyle—or a great community to enhance your wellbeing—can be a welcome change for many seniors. Be sure to do your research and find the community that matches your budget, personality, and other needs.
And if you need help with the downsizing process along the way, please know that Harmony Senior Relocation Services is here to help! We have the services and information Indiana residents need to help senior citizens thrive. Please visit www.harmonymoves.com to learn more. We’ll always post the latest info and ideas for your senior, so be sure to follow and ‘like’ us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.