Most seniors want to age successfully and safely in their own home. That desire must be weighed against the possible risks. Does the senior have access to caregivers? Can the home be made safe? Even though a move into senior housing requires some personal disruption, senior housing affords a rich social life, nutritious meals, housekeeping, and an end to domestic chores like shoveling the walk and raking the leaves. Friendships, fun exercise programs, and group excursions into the community are part of the active and independent lifestyle found in senior communities.
If your choice for now is to remain at home, please look at our advice on in-home care. With help from caregivers and perhaps outside agencies, your home will continue to be your “castle.”
But what if you need some help? Then look at Visiting Nurse Service for care that ranges from simple companionship to housekeeping, rehabilitation, and hospice care.
You might also consider Adult Day Care which offers a change of scene for the senior and respite for the caregivers.
Long-Term Care Facilities
Today, living options range from independent apartments, to adult homes, to enriched living, assisted living, and life care communities. Sometimes the names sound similar, but there are important differences between them. Whether you're ready for retirement living, enriched (or assisted) living, or short or long-term skilled nursing, we have lots of tips on how to best make that important decision. This is one area where you can’t have too much information. So ask people you know for their experiences, take a tour, sample a meal, and discuss your decision with friends.