If your home and its upkeep become too much for you to manage -- or, if you're the adult child of a senior, for your mom or dad to handle -- it's time to consider other living arrangements. But rather than feeling sad about going from a house to a senior community, it's a great opportunity to choose an ideal living environment for the next several years.
Finding the right senior living arrangement can depend a lot on where you want to live, what amenities you want and how your health is. Start by considering the different types of housing arrangements available.
Active Adult Communities
You may be a good candidate for an active community if you are in excellent health but simply don't want the maintenance of the family home. Active communities are designed for people over age 55 who want to enjoy their retirement years. There's no special services provided, but you usually pay a fee similar to homeowner's association dues that cover the landscaping and care of shared community spaces.
Types of spaces vary depending on the community. Some have all types of free-standing houses, town homes and condominiums; others have mobile homes; and still others have only single-level cottages designed to make getting around easier.
Some communities are very straightforward, while others include numerous recreational options geared towards seniors, like a golf course, swimming pool and gym.
These apartment buildings feature independent living space for adults over age 55 with community rooms and planned social activities. Just like if you had your own apartment, you'll be responsible for your own meals and housekeeping.
One benefit to renting a senior apartment is that, if health or other reasons dictate, you can move out easily without worrying about selling a property.
Independent Living Communities
These types of communities offer more care than active adult communities, such as provided meals in a central building. You have your own space, which can be a cottage or condo, but housekeeping, laundry and landscaping services are all included.
Some independent living communities include an assisted living facility on-site. If you need more care than can be provided in your home or apartment, it's possible to move into a full-care apartment or room in the same area. Nursing care, help with medications, and assistance with bathing, dressing, etc., are available in this building. This way, you can keep the same friends and routine as your health allows.
Many seniors prefer the option of an independent living community because it allows them to maintain as much of their lifestyle as possible, and outside assistance is provided for whatever is needed. To learn more, contact a service like Mayfair Village Retirement Community.