What Are Senior Retirement Communities

Often there are two different points of view when it comes to retirement communities and assisted living versus independent living and how they differ vastly. The two points of view are from the seniors who would be living in these places and the children of those individuals. How they differ and what senior retirement communities are is a mystery to anyone not involved in the process already. I will attempt to explain the difference between the types of environments and how they are viewed through the eyes of both seniors and their adult children.

senior living community

An independent living community is for seniors who do not need medical care and are still vibrant and able to take care of all their daily activities. They typically are communities in which seniors move into so they can be in a quieter neighborhood with people much like themselves. These communities often have their own convenience and grocery stores, recreational centers and amenities much like a small town. They host several activities designed to let seniors socialize and have fun. Since the settings are much like single family homes or condominium complexes, the point of view from adult children is one of an ease of mind knowing that the seniors they love are still living normally as they did when they were younger. The point of view from the seniors is one where they don't feel like they are in a controlled environment and can still do everything they want and need to do without restriction. For seniors, this is the ideal post retirement option for those no longer living at home. In fact, many seniors often sell their homes and move into these exclusive communities after retirement. Great examples of these places are often found in Florida, Arizona, Texas and California where the weather is nicer.

On the other hand, an assisted living community is slightly closer to a nursing home. Although the seniors often have individual apartments, the emphasis on care and assistance is more prevalent than in an independent environment. For seniors who can still take care of most daily activities but have health conditions or smaller disabilities, this is the best option. This community would most likely be much further after retirement when seniors have reached an advanced age. From the point of view of the seniors, the environment offers recreational activities, social interaction, and in most cases, independent travel and shopping. From the family's point of view, this option gives peace of mind knowing their senior family members are being properly taken care of without the bleak hospital type environment of many nursing facilities.

For seniors with serious health concerns or disabilities, a traditional nursing home environment may be the best option. This setting offers somewhat of a community sense but with around the clock medical care for seniors. From the point of view of the seniors, this is the last option before passing on and many spend their final days here. From the family point of view, this is the best way for their family members to get the best care possible without being housed in a hospital full time. The persons living in this community can at least socialize and have activities to better their condition.

Senior Retirement Communities

Although the options vary and points of view differ, senior retirement communities are often the best option for post-retirement Americans to live out the rest of their lives in relative harmony without feeling cooped and allowing them to transition from the homes they lived in to a community of people their same age and condition of living. Whether they are living in an independent community, an assisted living environment, or even a medical nursing home, it is best if all parties involved know the pros and cons of each community and how to best transition your loved seniors into the community best suited to them. This way everyone has peace of mind and knowledge that everything is alright.

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18 Nov 2018

By Robert Fowler