There are any number of reasons to consider senior living, from wanting less responsibility around the house, to more opportunities to stay active and social, to needing support with daily activities and specialized care. Because the needs and wants of seniors differ so greatly, so do the options in senior living. That’s right, senior living isn’t one-size-fits-all, which is not only surprising to many families but it’s also a tremendous benefit. Here’s why senior living options are so important.
Your Senior Living Options
Before we get to the benefits, let’s first identify all your options in senior living. There are three main types of care which include:
- Independent Living – The experience in this option is less about care as residents don’t typically require daily assistance, and more about enjoying a more worry-free, active, and social lifestyle than you may have living in your home. Communities typically provide home maintenance, restaurant-style dining, housekeeping, and laundry, as well as amenities like concierge services, a pool, fitness center, beauty salon/barbershop, and transportation. Our independent living communities are also pet friendly!
- Assisted Living – While the lifestyle experience here is similar to independent living in terms of amenities, social, fitness and enrichment opportunities as well as worry free living, in assisted living residents also have access to onsite care should they need it plus assistance with daily tasks such as bathing and dressing. Our assisted living communities also feature a warm and homelike setting with individualized care plans, personal care staff onsite 24/7, and just the right amount of support to feel safe, yet independent.
- Memory Care – A lifestyle experience just for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, memory care features staff specially trained in the challenges of dementia, 24-hour supervision, individualized care, and a comfortable yet secure environment. Our exclusive SYMPHONY OF LIFE® memory care program is unique in that beyond physical care, it also supports the whole person through intentional experiences that encourage and stimulate mental acuity so residents can be more active, engaged and function to their fullest potential in all aspects of daily life.
The Benefit of Choice in Senior Living
As we mentioned earlier, one of the biggest benefits of having different options in senior living is that the lifestyle is more personalized to your wants and needs. Quite simply, being in a community that ‘fits’ makes for a happier and more rewarding experience.
At the same time, many seniors are hesitant about moving to senior living because they fear losing their independence. Having choice, not only in the type of care but also in everything from your accommodations to the services and amenities you use to how you spend each day, means you’re still in control just like at home. Perhaps even more independent because of all the options, and the fact that everything you need is right outside the door so you don’t always have to rely on family and friends.
What’s more, many senior living communities offer different levels of care on the same campus which means you’ll always have options should your health needs evolve as well as the added peace of mind!