Senior Retirement Lifestyles

Senior Retirement Lifestyles

Whether you need help finding the right retirement community for a loved one or for yourself, we’ll show you what to expect from each senior lifestyle option. We know this can be a stressful period in your life so we’ll try to make it easy. We’ll give you just the facts.

According to The Assisted Living Federation of America: “Senior living (or senior housing and care) is a lifestyle choice for individuals seeking an independent lifestyle with as much assistance as they need or want. The settings are just like our own homes, but with the added advantage of meals and entertainment, housekeeping, transportation, and assistance with daily activities.”

How Do You Know When it’s Time to Consider Senior Living?

  • Performing daily activities is difficult without help from others.
  • You are no longer able to drive because of loss of vision.
  • Shopping for yourself is hard because you get fatigued.
  • Cleaning your home is a task you’re no longer physically able to do.
  • Your memory loss has reached a point where you need assistance for safe daily living.
  • You could be living alone and desire the company of others.

Some seniors have no trouble taking care of themselves; they just want to live with their peers in an independent community that is senior-focused.Let’s look at these lifestyle choices.

Senior Living Lifestyle Choices

There are four main options for senior living:

  1. Independent Living Communities
  2. Assisted Living Communities
  3. Nursing Homes
  4. Memory Care or a Special Care Unit (SCU) – special option for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

Independent Living Communities

Independent Living Communities are places for active, healthy seniors who are able to live on their own. The main highlights of independent living communities:

  • Home, townhouse, apartment, mobile home or motor home
  • Rent or buy
  • Usually for those age 55 or older
  • Offer amenities like clubhouses, gyms, yard maintenance, housekeeping and security.
  • Also, transportation, laundry service, group meals and social activities
  • On-site attendant
  • Cost between $1,500 to $10,000 per month

Retirement Homes & Communities

Retirement Homes and Communities is a broad term covering many senior housing options including active senior housing communities, age-restricted communities, independent living communities and assisted living communities. The main highlights of retirement homes and communities:

  • Housing option for those wishing to remain as independent as possible
  • Single family home, condo, apartment, mobile home or motorhome
  • Rent or buy
  • Usually for those 55 or older
  • Amenities vary but may include walking trails, medical facilities, fitness center, golf course, athletic courts or community centers
  • Communities may target certain populations, such as catering to singles, RV living, resort and golf communities, etc.
  • Designed with the older adult in mind: single-level floor plans, higher toilets, etc.
  • Often close to conveniences such as hospitals, shopping centers and restaurants
  • Costs range widely, depending upon location, amenities, floor plans, etc.

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