As the population ages, many seniors are seeking active, engaging communities where they can live independently, close to family, and with a full range of activities. According to the Population Reference Bureau’s “Aging in the United States,” the senior population will double by 2060. The senior living industry has come a long way over the past few decades, and these communities are jam-packed with activities, events, and opportunities to promote a person’s overall wellness.
There are different types of senior living communities, with different levels of assistance. You can choose from independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes, all of which offer different levels of assistance. While some may require 24-hour care, others may require less assistance with daily activities. While all three types of senior living facilities can be helpful, you should be sure that the community meets your needs before making a final decision. Listed below are some of the most popular types of senior living communities and how they can meet your family’s needs.
Cost. Senior living is often based on a monthly rental model. Rent includes maintenance, housekeeping, and security. Residents can choose to pay for amenities such as three meals a day, programming, and 24 hour staffing. Assisted living also includes one to two hours of personal care per day, which can include help with toileting, showering, or dressing. Some communities offer subsidized rates for seniors who need assistance. These factors make senior living communities an affordable option for many older adults.