Mar 27, 2011 at 12:06 AM
If you are concerned about the way your parents are living, it may be time to discuss senior living arrangements. There are many senior living options that provide the same freedom as living at home, without some of the attendant risk factors. Retirement communities are a great option for many older folk. Active adult communities offer:
Much of the concern with at home senior living is specific to the fact that a senior lives alone. When a senior lives alone, it can takes days for a problem to become apparent. When there are people constantly checking in, those dangers are reduced. Most health problems respond best with immediate care. For example, prognosis for stroke patients that receive treatment within the first six hours is much better than for those that wait a day or more before seeking treatment.
Cost is always a concern with senior living options, and neither Medicaid nor Medicare will help with the costs of retirement communities. However, active adult communities are often comparable to any apartment living, with some considerably below average pricing. Government subsidies allow many of these retirement communities to offer pricing that is below average provided the senior meets the income restrictions. Even those who exceed income restrictions will often find active retirement communities to be a very affordable option.
Indiana has many options for senior living, and those seeking retirement housing should begin immediately. These facilities offer many to option to rent or buy property in a development, and seniors can move in starting as young as 55. Since buying offers the best eventual value, those interested in buying a home in active adult communities should start researching immediately.