Men and women who are turning fifty-five and older are beginning to look at various living accommodations and downsizing from their large family home. What types of senior living accommodations are available to seniors and what are the costs?
Senior Living Accommodations and Your Choices
The three main types of living arrangements that are open to seniors are:
1. Assisted living.
2. Independent living.
3. Skilled nursing facilities.
A senior-oriented apartment complex or housing arrangement allows seniors to finally take advantage of not having the responsibilities are costs of keeping up a single-family home or a condo. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or if you’re married, there’s a certain level of peace of mind when you’re surrounded by others in your own age group.
Most often, the costs associated with these three types of housing arrangements depend on the quantity of services and the type of care being provided. For example, in an independent living situation, the facility may provide a workout room, a craft room. A van that takes seniors to local shopping areas and to senior events. Some places charge extra for these services, and other senior housing centers include these services in the monthly fee.
In an assisted living situation, it’s not uncommon for residents to pay monthly fees averaging between 2000 and $5000 per person. If that person requires personal nursing care or needs to have someone at their side, around the clock, then you can expect to pay much higher fees. Generally, it depends where these senior housing buildings are located geographically as well as the amenities that are offered.
There is one other option that many seniors choose to take advantage of, and that is to remain in their own home as long as they can. Services are available for seniors who need some assistance with their daily living activities. Perhaps a senior would like to have someone perform simple housekeeping chores, do their grocery shopping, or take them to their doctor appointments. In addition, some seniors who require skilled nursing assistance prefer to pay someone to come into their home than to be a resident of the senior skilled nursing care facility. But in the long run, it depends on the seniors preferences, and if they can afford the prices currently being charged.
If you’re looking at the possibility of moving into an independent living situation with other seniors, take a drive through your town or a town close to you and look for buildings that are advertising specials on moving rates for seniors. Grabbing a copy of a local newspaper will also bring insight as to locations and housing costs. Finally, set aside a Saturday or Sunday and have a friend or family member join you for a little adventure of touring two or three different senior facilities. You might be happily surprised at your discovery.