Has your aging loved one arrived at a point in his living arrangements where you have started discussing senior housing options? For some, this can be a tough discussion to have, for others, it can be a relief to know there are options out there to help an elderly loved one in his later years.
There are three types of elderly housing you will want to discuss with your elderly loved one and anyone else who is helping you take care of him. Your loved one should also have an opinion on which option seems to be the best for him, but always keep in mind his safety and well-being when choosing a senior housing option.
Here are three types of senior housing to consider.
Independent Senior Living
Moving into an area that has independent senior living can be a great senior housing decision if your loved one doesn’t need a lot of help yet with daily activities, medical care, or nursing. They are generally designed for anyone over the age of 55, so he might enjoy the wider range of ages of the individuals that will be living around him.
Senior living communities can also provide a wonderful social connection if your loved one has found himself feeling lonely or bored. This can be especially helpful if your family no longer lives nearby or if he was living in a rural community where neighbors are few and far between. Many communities have active social calendars that your loved one can pick and choose from, finding new friends and new hobbies along the way.
Senior communities can often take care of the yard and weather-related tasks (such as plowing or shoveling) so that you won’t need to worry about your loved one the next time there is a huge snowfall or ice storm. It won’t be him out there trying to shovel out 2 feet of heavy snow.
Assisted living might be the right choice of senior housing for your loved one if he needs a bit more one-on-one care or supervision. He might live in a small apartment, a room in a home, or a shared living area. There is always staff around 24/7 to help with each resident’s needs and provide any emergency help if needed.
Assisted living environments can make sure your loved one eats well by providing all of the meals he needs. If he has a special diet he needs to adhere to, they will make sure his meals meet those qualifications. Your loved one might also be able to receive help with personal care activities such as bathing, hair care, or dressing.
If your loved one has dementia or other mental health issues, you might decide that a memory care form of senior housing is best for him. A memory care facility will provide supervised activities that allow for some independence within a safe and secure environment. It also provides a sense of safety, as the facility will be designed to reduce the likelihood of residents wandering away and putting themselves in danger by becoming disorientated.
Whichever you choose, most of the senior housing options also can help you move to the next level when and if the time comes.
If you or an aging loved one are considering your Senior Housing Services please contact the caring staff at Connect Our Elders today! (858) 222-9241
Connect Our Elders provides free advisory and senior care planning across the U.S.
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