What’s the difference between senior living options?

Once you know that your loved one is in need of support, a care home is the next step. Although there are many reliable senior living options available, it can be confusing when it comes to the different types of care they offer. There are assisted living facilities, independent living centers and retirement centers.
It’s crucial that you know the difference between each of these options in order to choose the right living arrangement for your loved one. Each senior living option offers something different that you should be aware of.

It’s a difficult decision to make when you know that your loved one is in need of living assistance, but deciding which location and program are the right fit doesn’t have to be difficult. From assisted living to retirement centers, Shannondale is committed to helping you understand each option that we provide for living assistance and aiding you in finding the best living arrangement for your loved one.

1. Retirement Communities
These communities often provide the highest level of autonomy and consist of neighborhoods where seniors can meet new people and live in a safe environment. They work well for people who are able to live at home on their own, but don’t have family nearby, do not desire the responsibility of home and yard maintenance, or want to be surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals in the same stage of life. Your loved one will have the opportunity to join various groups and organizations to stay healthy and social. Living arrangements may consist of individual homes, condos or apartments.

2. Independent Living Centers
After your loved one retires and needs a safe environment with a touch of added support, an Independent Living Center is probably best for him or her. These communities provide those who have worked hard with a relaxing, care-free lifestyle. Although your loved one may not need daily support, there are usually caregivers on hand ready to assist your loved one if need be. Many people prefer that their retired family member chooses a retirement community instead of living on his or her own due to the social environment and on-hand support.

3. Assisted Living Facility
Some describe assisted living facilities as centers for seniors who can no longer live on their own, but don’t require daily nursing care. However, family members can breathe easy, as there’s always a caregiver ready to assist residents with any tasks they may need a hand with. Your loved one will be able to choose his or her daily activities and his or her own schedule – the best of both worlds. Although each state has its own requirements and regulations for licensing purposes, the services generally offered by assisted living centers are usually the same. Facilities generally consist of either individual bedrooms or apartment-style living arrangements. These are often stylish apartments to make your loved one feel that he or she is living in a normal community with the added support he or she needs.

4. Healthcare Center

At Shannondale, we offer all of these care options for your loved one, catering to his or her specific needs with quality full-time support.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.