It is estimated that Americans are living longer than ever before, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the last of the baby boomers will represent more than 20% of the total U.S. population when they reach 65 in 2029. About two-thirds of Americans who are 65 or older require some form of long-term care, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The aging U.S. population will put an unprecedented strain on senior living and healthcare facilities.

Regardless of your needs or preferences, there are options available for senior living in a variety of settings that may suit you or a loved one when the time comes. It can be difficult to decide to leave a family home for senior living, so it is important to consider what is important to you. Perhaps socialization or a safer environment might make a difference for those with memory loss. Among the most common, but important questions aging Americans ask are, “What is senior living?”, “How do I pay for senior living?”, and “How do I choose a community?”.

So just what is senior living?

Senior living is a term that refers to various housing options designed specifically for seniors, usually aged 55 and over, who are still active and independent but may require some assistance with daily living activities. These housing options can range from independent living communities to assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and continuing care retirement communities.

Independent living communities are typically age-restricted housing communities that offer various amenities and services, such as housekeeping, transportation, and social activities. Assisted living facilities provide assistance with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, and medication management, while still allowing seniors to maintain their independence. Nursing homes provide more intensive medical and nursing care for seniors who require 24-hour supervision and monitoring.

Continuing care retirement communities are comprehensive senior living communities that offer a range of housing options and services to meet seniors’ changing needs as they age. These communities typically offer independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care on one campus, allowing residents to transition between levels of care as needed.

Overall, senior living is focused on creating safe, comfortable, and supportive environments for seniors to live in as they age, providing them with the resources and assistance they need to maintain their independence and quality of life.

How do I choose a senior living community?

Determine your needs

Start by making a list of the things that are important to you, such as location, level of care, amenities, and cost. This will help you narrow down your search and focus on communities that meet your specific needs.

Research online

Use search engines and senior housing directories to research senior living communities in your area. Read reviews from residents and their families, check out the amenities, and compare costs.

Ask for referrals

Ask friends, family members, or healthcare professionals for recommendations. They may be able to provide valuable insights and help you find a community that meets your needs.

Consider the location

Think about the location of the senior living community. Is it close to family and friends? Is it in a safe and convenient area? Is it easily accessible for visitors?

Schedule tours

Once you’ve narrowed down a list, schedule tours of the senior living communities you’re interested in. During the tours, pay attention to the cleanliness, safety, and overall atmosphere of the community. Talk to staff members and ask questions about the care provided, activities, and dining options.

Trust your instincts

Finally, trust your instincts. If a community feels like a good fit, it probably is. If you have any doubts, keep looking until you find the right senior housing option for you or your loved one.

Review the contract

Before making a final decision, review the contract carefully. Make sure you understand the costs, services provided, and any rules or regulations.

Visit communities

Once you have a list of potential communities, schedule visits to each one. This will give you an opportunity to see the facilities, meet the staff, and talk to other residents. During the tours, pay attention to the cleanliness, safety, and overall atmosphere of the community. Make sure to ask questions about the services and amenities provided, as well as any costs associated with living in the community. Talk to staff members and ask questions about the care provided, activities, and dining options.

How do I pay for senior living?

Senior housing can be expensive, so it’s important to know what you can afford. However, there are a lot of resources available to help you pay for senior living.

Some options to assist in financing your living expenses include:

  • The sale of a family home and/or other investments.
  • Income from Social Security or other pensions.
  • Personal retirement savings.
  • Long-term care insurance.
  • The Veterans Aid and Attendance Program.
  • Assistance from family member.

We recommend contacting a senior living financial specialist to help you determine what options are available for your situation.

What are the benefits of of senior living? There are many potential benefits to living in a senior living community, including:

Socialization

Senior living communities provide the opportunity to interact with other residents who are in the same stage of life. This can help prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation and provide opportunities for meaningful social connections.

Safety and Security​

Senior living communities typically have security measures in place to ensure the safety of their residents, including secure entrances and staff trained in emergency response.

Health and Wellness

Many senior living communities offer fitness classes, wellness programs, and on-site healthcare services, which can help residents maintain their physical and mental health.

Maintenance-free Living

 Senior living communities typically provide maintenance services for the residents’ units, so residents don’t have to worry about tasks such as yard work or home repairs.

Activities and Amenities

Many senior living communities offer a variety of activities and amenities, such as arts and crafts, games, outings, and dining options, which can help residents stay engaged and active.

Independence

Senior living communities can offer varying levels of support, depending on the residents’ needs. This allows residents to maintain their independence while still having access to assistance if necessary.

Peace of Mind

For families and loved ones, senior living communities can provide peace of mind knowing that their loved one is safe, cared for, and has access to a supportive community.

Conclusion

There are many factors to consider when considering moving a family member into a senior living facility. Make sure your loved one understands why they are moving and feels comfortable in the community you have selected. As a result, everyone will be able to make the transition smoothly.

Our goal is to provide you with options for excellent independent or assisted living and memory care facilities. A comfortable, relaxed, and home-like environment that provides personalized health care to residents should be the ultimate goal in your search.

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