Are you thinking of downsizing and not sure where to go? Are you unsure about what type of home you would like (independent living, assisted care or skilled nursing)? Are housing choice conversations taking up a lot of time with your family? I often help clients search for the perfect living situation. Following is some basic information on the different types of senior living available in our area, and some questions to ask when thinking of downsizing.
Independent living is ideal for someone who is independent, self-sufficient and relatively healthy. You may still be driving or not, do not mind making a meal or two but would rather not, and are tired of caring for your home, the gardens and all the responsibility that living in one’s home requires. Independent living in our area can be a separate small unit, attached townhouse or condo apartment. Most independent living facilities offer at least one meal a day, and some offer more. More often than not, homes and apartments are designed for easy maintenance and the utmost safety of their inhabitants. Additionally, seniors living in this type of housing usually have easy access to health services and other amenities such as social activities.
Assisted living is an option for those seniors who cannot live entirely on their own. Assisted living is designed for those suffering from mild to moderate health conditions and requiring additional care and medication management. Assistance is provided for those residents who may need additional care in dressing, bathing, and grooming. Three meals a day are provided, and social activities are offered daily.
Skilled nursing care is available for those seniors who are suffering from severe medical conditions and require 24-hour medical care in all activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, assistance walking or wheelchair bound, as well as personal care and grooming. All meals are included and physical rehabilitation therapy is available to disabled seniors.
As you consider your downsizing options, ask yourself questions such as:
- What is most important?
- What do you enjoy?
- What do you want more of in your life?
- What gives you joy?
- What is the cost, and am I able to afford this change?
I am sure there are many more questions you may have. Visit different facilities and see what appeals to you the most. If you are not sure moving into a new facility is affordable, or perhaps you need help deciding on what facility would work best for you, we are always willing to help you in your decision making process, often helping to find funding as well. Feel free to call the office at (408) 356-9200 or (831) 476-2400 to schedule an appointment, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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