If you are trying to get up to speed on all the new over 50+ housing options, start early and pay attention to critical details. Choosing the appropriate over 50 living arangement is challenging not only because it entails an emotional dimention, but also because of the complex issues you need to weigh, such as cost, location. services, amentities, activities, and current and future care needs. Below are a list of intenional communities, co-housing environments, as well as traditional housing choices, including:
Independent Living: Since most adults prefer to age in place. Downsizing to a condo, townhouse or a single family home that are smaller and more maintenance free than large family properties are frequently people's first choice, especially if they're healthy and active. Some prefer to rent and save the family from the complexity of a future home sale.
Active Adult Communities: Active adult communities aim to sevice the interest of active adults over the age of 55. Housing types often include condos, townhouses and single-family properties, and all are designed with an eye toward delivering a maintenance-free lifestyle for residents. Such communities off a vast array of on-site activities, including exercise, socieal clubs, art instruction and lecture series. Many are gated for a sense of security and privacy (HOA guidlines apply).
Assisted Living Communities: Residents live in their own apartments, but have the benefit of an on-site staff, meal service in communal dining spaces, and planned activities and outings. Some assited living commuities also offer access to nurses and daily living assistance. Others may offer more extensive medical and personal care services.
Adult Family Homes: Such properties are licensed to care for up to six residents in a home setting. Services typically include meal preparation , housing maintenance and atteding to residents` safety and care. Facilities may specialize in addressing specific health concerns and provide care and an environment tailored to those conditions.
Alzheimer's and dementia Care: Facilities specialize in caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease offer programs that address residents` needs and provide an environment where they can live safely. Housing services typically include personal care, such as bathing and dressing and administering medicine, along with dining and housekeeping. In addition, many building incorporate over 50 design feaures, such as safe wanering paths and color coded areas to help with way-finding. Such designs provde comfort and ease residents` anxiety.
Continuing Care Retirement Living Communities: A continuing Care Retirement Living Community offer progressive levels of assistance, depending on a person's needs. They include independent and assisted living and nursing care.
Please contact: Eve Connolly, REALTOR® Real Estate Senior Specialist (SRES), Cerified Senior Advisor® for assistance in Real Estate, Research, Resources and Relocation.