The time comes when some seniors decide the family home they reside in can no longer meet their needs. Maybe their multilevel residence has become too large to care for, or perhaps the apartment they occupy is adequate in size but fails to accommodate for their changing requirements. The decision to move is rarely an easy one. Still, there are a number of options available. The list below outlines some living choices that the ambulatory individual may wish to explore.
1) Elderly Apartments. This dwelling type typically includes a first-floor unit or easy access to upper living levels via a strategically-placed elevator. The rents vary in price, commonly determined by size, location, and services available.
2) Congregate Housing. This type of residence normally offers separate apartments with shared communal areas such as dining and living rooms. Residents usually pay a monthly fee, and activities may be available.
3) Accessory Dwelling Units. This type of housing typically involves a self-contained residence (e.g. bedroom, living room, kitchen), constructed as a modular home, located on the grounds of a relative. It allows seniors the ability to maintain their independence while having loved ones nearby.
4) Assisted Living. This arrangement usually offers independent living within a community setting. For example, a restaurant-type eatery may be located on the premises, and some meals are often included in the price. The cost for Assisted Living residences varies widely, usually determined by dwelling style, location, and services offered.
5) Board and Care Homes. This residential facility is normally housed in a converted home, and it typically accommodates several inhabitants at a time. Supervision and non-medical care are generally available to the residents.
6) Continuing Care Retirement Communities. This residential arrangement can range from independent living to rooms within skilled nursing facilities. An up front cost, as well as monthly fee, is generally a contract requirement.
The prospects of relocating can be daunting. Still, there are a number of living choices available to the active or “somewhat independent” senior. In the coming weeks, we will examine the respective options a little more closely. But, until then, ciao!