It’s inevitable. For most of us, there will come a time when decisions will need to be made about moving into a senior living facility. There can be many factors that make this move necessary and, with the selection of services that is available to seniors today, it is often the best choice. Senior care has come a long way in recent years with new government regulations and standards that must be met. These certainly aren’t the “nursing homes” that we have heard about in the past and, dependant on your needs, there is a wide selection to choose from.
Young, active seniors might be looking to move into a community with others who have the same interests as you. This option is increasing in popularity for those that want to downsize and focus more on hobbies and lifestyle. Many of these residential neighbourhoods still give you the freedom of owning or renting a condo or townhouse but will take care of responsibilities like lawn maintenance or snow removal, giving you more time to spend doing the things you love.
If you are looking for a residence that offers a little more help but still allows you to have your own space, an assisted living facility might suit your needs. One of the many benefits of this type of living is knowing that someone will be there to assist with needs such as meal preparation, housekeeping services, medication monitoring and help with personal hygiene needs. Assisted living facilities often offer social gatherings, regular outings and activities for anyone who is interested in participating; some even have services like salons and barbershops on site.
Should you be in need of a higher level of care, a long-term living facility may be the choice for you. Long-term facilities offer 24-hour assistance and help with basic daily tasks, as well as different options when it comes to your living space. Dependent on your needs it could be a private or shared room. Meals are usually enjoyed in a common area like a dining room unless you are unable to leave your room. Much like assisted living facilities, there are activities and gatherings offered to encourage social interaction.
As with most difficult decisions that we encounter as we get older, it is best to discuss with family and pre-plan before the situation arises. Having conversations with your loved ones will ensure that you have a say in the matter and that your choices can and will be carried out.