Virginia Elder Law

Monday, August 21, 2017

Navigating The Many Choices In Senior Housing Options

A lot of people are unaware of the variety of Senior Housing options available for elders as they age and how each one is different! In the interest of dispelling a lot of stereotypes in regards to nursing homes, this article with content pulled from the latest edition of the Seniors Guide publication goes into detail on specific options that you may not be aware of worth considering:

(1) ACTIVE ADULT HOMES

This includes homes, condos and townhomes typically sold as deeded real estate for independent living. Often, Active Adult homes are referred to as villas, patio homes, carriage homes or town homes. Retirees and Pre-Retirees are interested in these options because they can enjoy free time travelling or engaged in recreational pursuits, rather than on housing chores and maintenance.

 (2) INDEPENDENT LIVING

These type of residential communities are for seniors wanting a leisurely, hassle-free lifestyle. Choices include apartments, condos, or garden homes offering some extra services and features that many retired people find helpful. In addition to home maintenance, services often include social programs, transportation services, organized outings, shopping trips, and sometimes, limited medical services. Features can include emergency pull cords within the home, first floor access or elevators that are handicap-friendly. Community features could also include meals, housekeeping and laundry.

(3) CONTINUING CARE (CCRC)

These communities allow seniors to "age in place" with flexible accommodations that are designed to meet their health and housing needs as those needs change over time. Residents entering CRCC sign a long-term contract that provides for housing services, and nursing care, usually all in one location, enabling seniors  to remain in a familiar setting as they grow older. Many seniors who enter into a CRCC contract while they are healthy and active, knowing that they will be able to stay in the same community and receive nursing care should this become necessary. Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer service and housing packages that parallel independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities. Seniors who are independent may live in a single-family home, apartment or condominium within the Continuing Care Retirement Community. If they begin to need help with activities of daily living, (for example, bathing, undressing, eating, etc.) they may be transferred to an assisted living or skilled nursing facility on the same site. Seniors who choose to live in a Continuing Care Retirement Community find it reassuring that their long-term care needs will be met without the need to relocate.

(4) ASSISTED LIVING

Assisted Living communities are for persons who need help with daily living activities but do not require nursing home care. Typically they provide help with meals, bathing, dressing, housekeeping and other needs. Services are either included in the rent or provided at an extra charge.

(5) ON-SITE HOME CARE

Some assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and active adult homes have partnered with independent, third party home care or home health agencies. An arrangement like this can allow seniors to receive care or services above and beyond the community's capabilities from an outside agency. This allows the agency to age in place for longer, and possibly delay or avoid moving into a different community to receive a new level of care.

 (6) RESPITE CARE

Respite Care communities offer temporary or short-term care solutions. This service is intended to give caregivers or adult children a well-deserved break from their daily responsibilities of caring for an older adult. The length of a respite care stay can vary from two days up to more than a full month.

 (7) MEMORY CARE

Communities which offer specialized programs for residents suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, dementia or other forms of memory loss. Some of these communities offer a "Secured Unit" which prevents Alzheimer's and dementia patients from dangerously wandering into in-secured locations.

(8) NURSING CARE

Nursing homes are facilities for seniors in need of 24 hour nursing care. They provide many of the same care options offered in other senior communities such as room and board, personal care, protection, supervision and other types of therapy.

(9) REHABILITATION CARE

These are facilities that offer rehabilitative care services on a short-term or long-term basis.

For additional information on various facilities and services available to elders within our community, be sure to check out our resource website, available at www.estateandelderlawcentervirginia.com.  

If you know of a senior resource you feel should be added to our site, please let us know! This site is updated periodically, and It is our intent that this site be used as a starting point for families looking to learn more about options, resources and services available in the area.


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