What is Senior Housing?
Like everything else in life, our housing needs change as we grow older. Adapting to these changes enables you and/or your loved one to live well now and prepare for the future. Senior housing places a stronger emphasis than traditional housing on accessibility, adaptability, safety and security. Housing options for older adults range from master-planned communities for ages 55+ to nursing homes that provide 24-hour care.
As you consider the different options, make a list of personal needs — financial, physical, mental and emotional — and schedule tours of the places that meet those needs. The best housing option for one person may not be a comfortable fit for someone else. Search our senior housing listings now, or call 1-833-MY-SENIOR to get answers to any questions you may have.
Even if someone is physically and mentally able to live on their own, it can be socially isolating. Some people choose to sell their homes and use the proceeds to live in a community where they are surrounded by people their own age with similar abilities. There are amenities and activities galore — from pickleball courts to swimming pools and bingo nights — creating a carefree, vacation-like lifestyle.
A welcoming residential option for many older adults, assisted living prevents loneliness, offers help with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, etc.), provides three nutritious meals a day and promotes overall wellness. Limited medical care is also provided, but may not be enough for those with specialized medical conditions. More intimate facilities only house about 20 or so people, while others have hundreds of residents. Private or introverted people sometimes struggle with the group setting. Personality is definitely a consideration when choosing among different care centers.
How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?
The exact care level and cost varies widely by state. Florida, Arizona and Ohio are among the most affordable, while California and Washington tend to be more expensive. The 2019 national monthly median cost of assisted living was $4,051, which leaves many people wondering how to pay for assisted living. In some states, Medicaid covers assisted living. There are also insurance policies available for long-term care. If you’re not sure what types of financial assistance you qualify for or what you can afford, call 1-833-MY-SENIOR and one of our Care Advisors can help you.
A Happier, Healthier Lifestyle
Older adults who can no longer live on their own but don’t require extensive medical care tend to thrive in an assisted living environment. Find an assisted living facility in your area by searching our listings. Or, contact a Care Advisor at 1-833-MY-SENIOR if you aren’t sure which type of senior housing best fits your short- and long-term needs.