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Retirement Paradise: What To Look For In A Senior Citizen Community

August 1st, 2017 | 2 comments

As the number of people who need them keep increasing, so does the demand for retirement homes. If you or your loved one are at retirement age or require assisted living to some degree, you are likely already researching your options for senior living communities. But with so many options, how do you know which is the correct one for your circumstances? This guide will go over what you should look for in a senior citizen community.

Decide What Type Of Facility Meets Your Needs
There are differing levels of retirement communities depending on how much care one needs. For example, you might be fully functional and choose to live in a managed 55 and older single family home community. Or your loved one might require around the clock care, in which case a nursing home might be what is needed. There are also hybrid options, like those found at Cedar Village, that allow for both independent and assisted living. This can be a good choice if you are able to live on your own now but might not be in the near future, and that way you won’t have to move residences.  For those that are more comfortable with in-home care, organizations like Home Care in San Diego provide this service for their customers.  

Are The Staff Friendly?
You, your parents or another senior in your care will be taken care of by these people. Do they seem friendly? Committed to their patients? Do you tend to see or speak to the same people whenever you contact the facility, or is it someone different every time? This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it could imply high turnover, poor scheduling or employee dissatisfaction. If the staff seems disengaged, surly or even verbally abusive to the patients, it’s best to look elsewhere.

State Of The Facility
When you visit the facility, does it feel like it might be a good place to live? Does the community feel more open and free or does it feel institutionalized? The best care facilities are moving towards allowing patients more control over their lives in retirement communities. Also do your homework on the facility. Is the residence accredited by the relevant governing bodies? What about both staff and resident turnover rates? These are all important factors to consider when choosing a facility.

Cost
Cost is, unfortunately, a factor when determining what senior retirement community you can afford to go to. How much are base costs, as well as any additional costs like for meals or health care? What is your budget? Can your loved one’s finances cover it, or would you or other family members have to step in? What are the facility’s policies regarding Medicare and Medicaid patients? See what financial aid options might be available as well.

It can be difficult to give up your home and move into a retirement community. However, it might also be the best decision you can make. You can receive the care you need in a nice, quiet place while connecting with an entire community of people your own age. If you choose to make the move, or your children are insisting that you do it, consider all of the factors mentioned above when making your decision. The right option can truly become your retirement paradise.

Author: Emma Sturgis

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