As we hit the 55+ age bracket, many of us start looking to make some changes in our lifestyles. We're not "old", but the homes where we raised our families may be too big for us or we may be tired of all the maintenance & upkeep of a large house. With children grown and gone, we have more leisure time, and want to cultivate some new interests, meet new friends, etc. An active adult community might be an ideal move for us! Read more here. . .

Some people prefer to remain in the homes they have lived in for many years, but they may need to make changes to their homes in order to make them "senior-friendly" (sort of like making a house "baby-proof"). They also may need assistance with housekeeping, food preparation, and transportation. Read here about services to help you "age in place".

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What Are the Options for Senior Housing?

Choices for housing for the over 55 generations are varied, ranging from Aging In Place to Active Adult Communities to Assisted Living or Nursing Home care. The choice(s) that is best for you will depend on your lifestyle, health, and finances, and the choice now may change later as you age. Here are some of the options:

If you need assistance with some Activities Of Daily Living (ADLs), but are still able to do a lot on your own, an Assisted Living Facility may be a good choice for you. You still have your own living space, but there are trained people to help you with the following ADLs:

  • Bathing/Showering

  • Dressing

  • Eating

  • Getting in or out of bed/chairs

  • Using the toilet

Read more here . . .

If you are still relatively independent but need some assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), an Independent Living Facility may be the right choice for you. You have your own apartment. However they provide services to help with IADLs such as:

  • Doing housework

  • Preparing meals

  • Shopping for groceries or personal items

  • Transportation to appointments

Read more here . . .

Here's a great brochure from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging that discusses housing options for seniors.