The Difference Between Senior Living Apartments, Houses, and Other Facilities

March 27, 2019 at 2:39 pm · · Comments Off on The Difference Between Senior Living Apartments, Houses, and Other Facilities

The Difference Between Senior Living Apartments, Houses, and Other Facilities

Are you starting to think about where you will live in two, five, or ten years?

If you think care homes are your only option, you need to hear this: the senior living options available to you cater to precisely the amount of care you want and need. From assisted living to independent living, you have choices.

Interested in hearing more? We’ll walk you through the difference between senior living apartments, independent living, and assisted living.

Senior Living Apartments and Independent Living

You might be surprised by the number of adults who can comfortably live independently but who find themselves without a place to go.

If your house feels too large, but the rental market in your area is out of reach, then you might enjoy senior living apartments or an independent living community.

Senior apartments cater to people over 60 who live an active lifestyle. They also work for those who want to live in a more communal space.

Independent living communities offer older people a place to live outside the traditional rental market as well as the opportunity to socialize with others on a daily basis – or however often you prefer.

You’ll have a private kitchen and living area for quiet nights in within both set-ups.¬†Though, senior apartments come closest to the kind of house you might have lived in before.

In an independent living community, you can also take part in communal dining as well as managed calendars of activities. You can also opt for professional help with chores like housekeeping and laundry.

You may even get some federal funding for independent communities. Unfortunately, senior apartments are available on a private pay basis.

Assisted Living and Similar Set-ups

Assisted living communities offer older adults a set-up that is similar to senior living apartments but in larger blocks of at least 25 rooms. They typically have apartment-style rooms within a wing of a large community.

Assisted living has staff available to help you with activities of daily living (ADLs). The expert staff on site makes assisted living ideal for those recovering from injury or illness or those who need to contend with dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Assisted living is not a nursing home. Facilities offer residents only as much care and help as you need. It also provides the option to scale over time so that you can remain independent in as many ways as possible for as long as possible.

In Georgia, some senior living communities operate the same way as assisted living centers. They offer 24-hour staff who provide professional care as well as help with ADLs. However, they can’t call themselves “assisted living.” The state of Georgia classifies them as senior living rather than assisted living because they have fewer than 25 units.

Are You Looking for a New Home?

Whether your home feels a bit too big to manage or you find you have more needs than you had a few years ago, you have a range of living options to choose from.

Your new home and community are out there waiting for you. Come see what we offer at Beehive Homes of Toccoa. Click here for a free tour.