Finding the right residence is a crucial part of the process. It needs to be a good fit for you. What is available in your area will vary. Cities are more likely to have multiple options, while smaller towns may only have one residence. Picking a retirement residence lets you balance visiting with loved ones and living in the best possible home possible. Start by talking to those you know who have family members in a retirement residence. They may be able to tell you what they like and dislike about the places they live in or have already seen. Google is also your friend when it comes to finding the right senior living community. We want you to choose a residence and community where you’ll thrive and remain vital. Where you can build new connections and continue to make good memories. And doing your homework will help you do just that. When you have enough information, narrow your selection down to the top three, visit them in person and see what you think. Some will allow for temporary stays, also known as respite stays, giving you a better idea of what it's like to live there.
Types of Retirement Residences
There are three main options when looking for senior living.
This option is ideal for those who are fine living on their own but could use a break from the usual home maintenance activities.
Assisted living is an excellent choice for those who prefer privacy but need a little extra help with daily activities.
Dementia or Memory Care
For seniors with memory issues or dementia, a specialized community is usually best.
In these communities, daily maintenance, such as mowing lawns, shoveling snow, and cleaning the house, is all handled for you. Residents simply get to enjoy their retirement days doing as they please, without any heavy lifting. Independent living residences usually offer meals, but seniors can also choose to cook for themselves if they prefer. You’ll also find all the necessary amenities within walking distance, making life much easier for those who can no longer drive. Generally, the residence will provide many programs and recreational opportunities for seniors. Outings to local attractions, educational speakers and programs; live music and entertainment, themed parties, BBQs, painting and craft classes, movie nights, cooking and gardening, fitness classes, and spiritual services are some of the programs they may offer. All programming is entirely optional, and residents are encouraged to spend their days however they choose. Residents are also encouraged to let the activity team know if there is something they may be interested in trying. When considering independent living, think about the options available if you ever need more help in the future. If your medical needs increase, what are the choices? Is care available, or will you need to move to a more specialized community? It’s best to know what to expect ahead of time.
Residents have their own space, but someone is available to help with things like bathing, getting dressed, or managing medicines. Each person’s needs will determine the type of care they require. This helps ensure that the resident is able to live their most independent life. Most retirement residences will tailor a care plan to the needs of the resident, ensuring they only receive the services they need.
Dementia or Memory Care
While safety is of the utmost importance, so is the happiness of the residents. Suites that make the residents feel at home, as well as knowledgeable staff and plenty of activities, are a big part of the right memory care community. Activities are designed to be stimulating, and there are plenty of opportunities for socializing and enjoying time outdoors. The right community can be a wonderful place to live and meet new people.
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