Housing Options for Today’s Retirees

Seniors contemplating a move to a Lehigh Valley retirement home confront difficult and often nerve-racking decisions that can have a lasting impact on their quality of life. It’s important for today’s retiree’s to know what senior housing options are available to them. Given the importance of making the right decisions for a senior’s overall health, lifestyle and happiness, selecting an appropriate retirement home or assisted living facility is critical. There are several different types of senior living facilities and figuring out which one is best can be confusing. Here are the categories of senior housing and simple explanations of what you need to know:

Independent Living

Independent living refers to homes or apartments that are designed exclusively for seniors aged 55 and up. These residences are planned specifically for seniors – they tend to be more compact and offer single-floor living, making them easier to navigate. Independent living facilities are often referred to as retirement communities or retirement homes, and offer residents a maintenance-free, socially-engaging and active lifestyle.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities allow seniors to maintain their sense of independence while providing certain services and medical care. Residents can maintain an active social calendar, with the assurance that a certain level of care is available when needed.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer varied housing options to meet the changing needs of seniors. CCRCs typically offer fully independent living in homes or apartments, assisted living apartments, and full-scale nursing facilities. CCRCs can meet the changing needs of aging seniors, adapting to their medical needs while keeping them in a single community.

Nursing Homes

Traditional nursing home facilities offer full-time medical care, meals, some activities, housekeeping and other services. Nursing homes tend to offer the highest levels of medical care, but the environment can often feel less like home and more like a healthcare facility. Without exception, seniors want to maintain the privacy and independence of living at home, combined with quality of care, amenities and the flexibility to enjoy the social life best suited to them. It is important to evaluate what type of facility is best-suited to each potential resident. What options have you considered when searching for senior housing?

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