Aug 25, 2011 at 6:13 AM
As more people than ever approach retirement simultaneously, senior living options are a big discussion topic. Seniors are living longer and in better health, making them less likely to need immediate assistance with the activities of daily living. Many seniors remain active and healthy well into their seventies and eighties, making it more difficult to plan for eventual needs. However, retirement communities and senior apartments are still a great option. Where before, seniors might only live in a retirement community for a decade or fifteen years, longer life spans could see a senior in a retirement community or in senior apartments for well over three decades depending on when they retire. These senior living options provide:
Instead of staying in your home and finding it increasingly difficult to manage stairs and needed maintenance tasks, consider moving to a senior option like a retirement community that will allow you complete freedom and minimal effort.
You will need to pay for all of the costs of senior apartments or retirement communities. Unlike senior living options that are medically necessary like nursing homes, no public assistance programs pay directly for these living arrangements. Many seniors sell their homes or cash in retirement accounts to fund a move to a long term senior living facility. Costs will vary, depending on location and the number/scope of entertainment options offered on-site.
We have a directory on our website that will help you find senior living in your area. These listing services also give you the opportunity to see what others are saying about these facilities. You can make your decision with confidence, when you take the time to look at consumer responses before you arrange a visit. When you choose your retirement community or senior apartments, post a comment letting everyone know about the process and availability of services at your new home.