Senior housing, now especially with the prevalence of COVID-19 affecting older populations, is more important than ever to evaluate with a critical eye before committing to the choice that fits you or a loved one best. As such, we wanted to remind you to take a look at the points on our Senior Housing page, prompted by the advice (below) submitted by one of our readers. Maybe these points will provoke some questions of your own, and if there’s anything you’d like to add, feel free to submit your own ideas as well!
From Roger, 71, of Auburn, Washington State:
Senior housing is characterized by accessibility, safety, and adaptability, and is typically categorized as either Independent or Assisted (either full or partial care).
Senior Independent living differs from assisted senior living communities in that the later offers nursing services such as health care services, guided physical activities, and close monitoring, while “Independent living” individuals do not require close personal help. Here are some factors to consider in planning for senior housing:
An individual’s activities are greatly affected by the accessibility to resources (i.e. transportation, library, health facilities, etc.), services, and facilities that have been built specifically for an elderly population.
The security of the senior housing premises and facilities is a critical factor in determining the viability of your senior housing.
Individual taste matters a lot. Some would like to settle in quiet rural areas, while others prefer close proximity to urban centers. Most prefer to stay close to their family members.
Access to quality nursing services
If you aren’t already in need of skilled nursing services, it is something that you may want to consider as an eventual need. Choosing a senior living facility that allows the transition between multiple stages of assistance needs could facilitate an easier future.
Most seniors thrive on activities, which keeps us in good mental and physical shape. Consider communities that offer activities such as swimming, golfing, or anything aligned with your personal interests.
While choosing senior housing, individuals largely focus on the prevailing weather conditions. Some regions experience extreme weather conditions that might be unsuitable for older adults.
Many individuals choose to remain in populated areas for the feeling that being close to other people brings. Some people may choose to stay in quiet areas, where population is less dense. Which one would you prefer? Be sure to factor this into your selection criteria.
Thanks, Roger, for sharing your insight!