When you decide you’d rather live in a community than age in place at home, the next step is choosing the right place. At Wesley Towers, the choices are many and include independent living duplexes and apartments, assisted living suites, skilled nursing and long-term nursing care. Asking yourself these questions will help you make up your mind about which community is the right choice for your needs.
Asking the Right Questions about Senior Living
How you answer community-specific questions can be a good indicator of what type of senior living community will be a good fit.
Older adults who choose an independent living community often do so for reasons of convenience and socialization. Is it right for you? Ask yourself:
- Are you an active, independent senior?
- Can you safely manage your personal care needs?
- Are you able to independently manage your medications?
- Do you intend – and are you able – to maintain your active lifestyle?
When you prefer not to worry about household maintenance and repairs, so you have more time for life enrichment activities, travel and family, an independent living community could be a very good choice.
Adult children and their aging parents often find an assisted living community to be an agreeable compromise. The senior maintains their privacy and independence in a private suite. And their adult child will feel confident their parent is safe and has the extra care and support they need.
Is assisted living the right choice?
- Are there signs more help is needed with the activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing?
- Are there increasing concerns about personal care and safety?
- Have there been falls – or a series of falls?
- Is meal preparation becoming more difficult? Are there signs of hunger – or evidence that dietary and nutrition needs aren’t being met?
- Has the family caregiver become worn-out, or are they experiencing health problems of their own?
- Do home care expenses exceed the cost of moving to an assisted living community?
- Do mobility issues make it difficult (or impossible) to safely maneuver inside and outside the home?
- Are you worried about isolation?
Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
These campus-like environments offer a full continuum of senior care from independent living to assisted living and skilled nursing. Many also offer home care, memory care and hospice services. Typically, however, CCRCs are the choice of seniors eager to remain independent and active while lining up a plan for their future, too. Is this right for you?
- Are you looking for a community that meets your current active, independent agenda, but can also accommodate future changes to your health?
- Would you prefer not to ask your adult children for help someday with caregiving for yourself or your spouse?
- Do you need one type of senior living, but your spouse requires another?
A Continuing Care Retirement Community can be a good long-term solution for seniors who want a comprehensive senior care community with a variety of options for now and the future.