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How to Choose Senior Living that’s Perfect for You

As you decide to live in a community rather than age at home, your next step is to choose the right place.Fortunately, you have many choices, but you need to understand every one of them before you can make a good decision.

Asking Smart Questions

How you answer certain questions will be a good indication of the kind of senior living community that will suit you best.
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Independent Living
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When older adults select an independent living community, it is often for socialization and convenience.Are you active and independent?Are you able to manage your personal care needs – for example, medications – safely and effectively?If you want to skip thinking about household maintenance and repairs so you can enjoy time with family, traveling or engaging in enrichment activities, an independent living community may be your best bet.

Assisted Living

In an assisted living facility, your privacy and independence will be maintained as you live in a private apartment or suite.

> Do you need assistance eating, getting dressed or performing other activities of daily living?

> Is personal care and safety a problem for you?

> Are you having a hard time preparing your meals?

> Is your family caregiver becoming worn-out?

> Do home care costs exceed the expenses of living in an assisted community?

> Are you having concerns about feeling isolated?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have to start learning about the assisted living communities in your area.

Memory Care

Memory care is providing a special type of care to adults with Alzheimer’s disease or any other type of dementia that has something to do with age.If you are looking for a senior home for a loved one or a friend, ask the following questions to determine if he or she might need memory care:

> Is there a need for 24/7 supervision required?

> Is the individual displaying hard-to-manage behaviors, such as aggression, wandering or Sundowner’s Syndrome?

> Is engaging in meaningful activities such a struggle?

> Is the senior’s care requirements taking a toll on your or the caregiver’s family or career?

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)

In most cases, CCRCs, which are also called life plan communities, are the prime choice of seniors who want to stay physically active and independent while preparing for their future at the same time.

> Would you rather not ask your adult children to care for you when you are no longer capable of caring for yourself or your other half?

> Do you have different senior living needs from your spouse’s?

A CCRC or life plan community can be the best choice for seniors who want an extensive senior care community that offers a number of options for their current and future needs.