Choosing the Right Senior Living Option
Once you’ve decided to move to a senior living community, the next step is to decide what type of community is right for you. There are many choices in senior housing and choosing the right arrangement will likely hinge on the what type of support or you’ll need today and in the future.
Why Choose Senior Living?
It’s becoming more common for older adults to choose senior living over aging-in-place and there are numerous reasons for this. Some people are drawn to the benefits of living with a community of peers, while others may be more interested in maintenance-free living. As we age, many people experience health changes, or the care needs of their loved one changes, and it becomes hard to continue living alone.
Which Senior Living Option is Right for Me?
Whatever the reason for transitioning to a senior living community, it’s best to explore options that meet your needs in the short- and long-term. There are a few main types of senior living options, but it’s important to note that no two communities are alike, even if they offer similar choices.
Many people choose independent living because it offers convenience and socialization. This can be an ideal arrangement for self-sufficient older adults looking to stay active and autonomous—with more opportunities to enjoy a robust social life and leave the responsibilities of home ownership behind.
Here are some questions to ask yourself before deciding if independent senior living is right for you:
- Can you safely and consistently manage your personal care?
- Are you currently healthy and active? If not, are you able to complete everyday tasks on your own?
- Are you prescribed medications or supplements? If yes, can you manage your medications independently?
For those who want to maintain their privacy but need some level of care, assisted living is a great way to continue living on your own while having access to the right support. A family member may suggest assisted living if they’re concerned about their loved one’s quality of life—if this happens, it’s important to listen to their concerns. Assisted living communities help residents and their loved ones enjoy more peace of mind and independence.
Here are some things to consider before choosing an assisted living community for yourself or a loved one:
- Have there been any recent incidents affecting independence, like a fall or health change?
- Are there limitations on keeping up with personal care, like eating or taking medications?
- Is an in-home caregiver able to provide (or continue providing) the right amount of support?
Seniors with memory loss conditions may eventually require more specialized care to continue a high quality of life. Memory care communities are designed and staffed to help those with cognitive conditions, dementia and Alzheimer’s feel comfortable and safe. They also use different activities than other assisted living arrangements to cater to residents’ needs.
Here are a few questions that can indicate whether it’s time to talk to a specialist about memory care:
- Is 24/7 supervision needed for safety?
- Are certain behaviors (ex. aggression, wandering) too difficult to manage at home?
- Has memory loss progressed to a point where it’s hard to stay engaged in meaningful activities?
Continuum of Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
A CCRC, sometimes called a life plan community, offers older adults the opportunity to move between different living options and levels of care as their needs change. They are primarily a campus-style environment with a full continuum of care, letting residents successfully age in place. Most CCRCs include independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing support for both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care.
Here are some questions to ask yourself if you’re deciding if a CCRC is right for you:
- Do you want to stay in the same community or location if your healthcare needs change?
- If you’re moving with a spouse or loved one, will you perhaps need separate levels of care?
- If you anticipate needing more care options, would you prefer paying a fixed rate?
One Wingate Way
One Wingate Way is a luxury independent living community located on a full continuum of care campus. Residents enjoy full autonomy—with access to state-of-the-art amenities and concierge services. Even if care needs change, we can help our residents transition to the right living option without having to relocate.
Interested in learning more? Click here to contact our team at One Wingate Way today—we’d love to answer any of your questions!