Retirement Communities

retirement-communitiesWhen a family member starts to seek options to meet the unique and individual needs of their aging parents, it is important to ask the question of whether it is time to consider professional care at the comfort of their own home.

However, if the family decides that the best option would be to move their parents into a good Retirement Community, it is crucial to know and understand the different choices that would best suit the needs and lifestyle of their aging parents.

Senior Services and Beyond provides a FREE PLACEMENT assistance for seniors to three different Retirement Communities, Independent Living, Assisted Living and Resident Care-Homes. 

Senior Services and Beyond takes the time to perform preliminary work in screening and obtaining useful information for good comparisons in choosing the right option to fit our clients’ needs.

Retirement Communities can provide a social environment that can have a positive result on seniors. Some retirement homes differ in what they offer when it comes to accommodation, services, activities and care assistance. It is important to know the three determining factors when choosing a retirement home to fit the needs and lifestyle your aging parents or loved ones:

1) Independent Living: A type of housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. Housing varies widely, from apartment-style living to freestanding homes. In general, the housing is friendlier to older adults, often being more compact, with easier navigation and assistance in yard maintenance if there is a yard. Just as with regular housing, you can hire in-home help or an outside home-care provider such as Senior Services and Beyond for home care service assistance. Monthly rate is usually less expensive and more affordable compared to Assisted Living.

2) Assisted Living: If an aging loved one requires around-the-clock help with eating, dressing, and using the toilet, or requires regular medical assistance within the facility without having to hire an outside help or home-care provider, other housing options such as assisted living or nursing homes may be a better fit. Assisted living communities are designed to provide residents with assistance with basic ADLs (activities of daily living) such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and more. Assisted living communities differ from nursing homes in that they don’t offer complex medical services. Monthly rate is usually higher than any retirement communities due to the care service included within the rate and all other optional extras such as dispensing of medications by nursing staff that is frequently charged to residents. 

3) Resident Care-home: In some areas they are called adult family homes, in other areas they may be referred to as personal care homes, adult foster homes, group homes, or board and care homes. Typically they all have the same things in common. They provide care for seniors in a home-like setting that’s very much like a family. This type of setting is excellent for residents who do not want to live in a larger community setting but still require a level of assistance similar to that offered by an assisted living facility or a nursing home. The staff in a residential care home may assist with medications, help residents bathe, get dressed and perform many other daily tasks or activities of daily living. This is typically the least expensive among the three retirement communities. In most cases, the rate includes room and board, care service, food, activities, and transportation arrangement.

Should you decide that a retirement community is the best option, Senior Services and Beyond can provide the information needed to make the best choice and provides free placement. However, if in-home care service is the best solution to the current needs of your aging loved ones, Senior Services & Beyond eases the family’s responsibilities by providing quality in-home care services that help their aging loved ones live a better quality of life at the comfort and safety of their own home.