February 12, 2020

Independent vs. Assisted Living: What Do I Need To Know?

Independent Living vs Assisted

Sponsored by: Resort Lifestyle Communities

Independent vs. Assisted Living: What Do I Need To Know?

If you’ve been thinking about downsizing or even transitioning to a new living situation, you’re likely doing a lot of research to discover possibilities and help guide your decision.  As someone over the age of 55, those options may include an independent living community or an assisted living arrangement.  To some, these options appear to be one in the same, but while each situation is designed to simplify your life, there are a few varying features. Below, we’ve highlighted the differences that separate these two senior living options.

What is Independent Living?

As the name implies, independent living is for seniors who want to continue to live an independent lifestyle. You’ll find residence options like apartments, duplexes, town homes and condos, all in a variety of sizes and floor plans. This type of environment is designed to make life more comfortable and convenient. For example, most offer housekeeping, laundry service, dining plans, and transportation. Imagine the feeling of not having to dust, vacuum, or even mow the yard again!

Independent Living

When it comes to activities, amenities can include fitness centers, multiple on-site dining options, beauty parlors and barber shops, banking, art studios, movie theaters, game rooms, and other entertainment spaces that give you social opportunities to make new friends. Above all, you get the freedom to enjoy the retirement of your dreams.

What is Assisted Living?

Many assisted living facilities have the same features as independent living communities, such as meal preparation, laundry services, housekeeping, and transportation. There can also be planned social activities and opportunities for exercise and special outings. And there’s typically trained staff on site at all times to help with all of the above.

Assisted Living

With regard to your living space, assisted living offers an apartment-style setting with access to assistance, as needed. One of the most significant differences is assisted living is designed for those who have special needs and cannot live alone safely. It offers an environment where seniors can receive support for daily activities such as bathing, dressing, medication administration, and mobility.

Assisted living communities tend to have one or more full-time medical personnel, such as certified nursing assistants, who are trained in meeting the needs of older adults. This staff isn’t typically available around the clock like a traditional nursing home, though.

What About a Resort Lifestyle?

You may be wondering where Resort Lifestyle Communities fits into your decision-making process. RLC’s resort lifestyle is a customized experience that meets your individual needs, goals, and interests. They take the best of everything to provide an independent, simple, all-inclusive lifestyle, all for one monthly price with no buy-in fee or long-term leases. They offer all of the luxuries you’d expect: beautiful accommodations, resort-style dining, around-the-clock concierge services, housekeeping, fitness center, travel program, and much more. RLC communities are also a pet-friendly, which allows your furry family members to move with you with no extra fees!

Senior Resort Living

And should the need arise, RLC communities also offer the option of home health assistance to enable you to stay in your home and near your friends for as long as possible.  At an RLC community, you have the varying levels of support you’ll need for the multiple stages in your adult life.

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February 6, 2020

5 Criteria to Use When Choosing the Right Retirement Community for You

Filed under: Retirement Community,Senior Housing — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 4:45 am

choosing a retirement community

By Anita Ginsburg

When it comes time to retire, one of the first things people think about is housing. Some people have saved over the years and eventually go on to buy a place in the location of their dreams. For others, they prefer to stay where they are, however, now want to live in a place where they can kick back and relax.

If you fall in to the latter category, it’s important to know that all retirement communities are not the same. So, before you start packing, here’s what you need to be looking for in a retirement community.

Medical Care

Even if you’re in perfect health, the place you ultimately choose should be equipped with appropriate medical care. If you plan on making this your permanent home, look for retirement communities that offer both emergency and routine care. If you suffer from chronic medical conditions, like diabetes or hypertension, it’s even more important to ensure you have access to medical care.

Socialization

In addition to quality medical services, recreational activities are another important part of choosing your new place. Socialization is important at any age, so look for communities that promote social interaction. Even if you’re more of an introvert, you still need to have access to activities you enjoy doing and be able to mix and mingle at will.

When touring different prospects, take the time to speak to current residents. Ask about the different recreational options there are, whether they enjoy them and if there are any areas that need improvement.

Location

Think about the environment you want to retire in. If you’re somewhere that’s known for brutal winters, you might have set your sights on somewhere warmer. Regardless of location, unless it’s close to home, you should plan on visiting the area prior to making a final decision. Above all else, you need to ensure that you’re happy with the location, either on a part-time basis or all year round.

Consider Your Budget

Affordability is by far the most important factor you need to consider. Just like buying a home, your budget determines whether you can live comfortably. If you’re not financially savvy, enlist the help of a trusted family member or friend who can crunch the numbers.

Determine how much money you’ll need each month to live comfortably. If where you choose mandates additional monthly fees or has a mandatory entrance fee, you need to consider this as well.

Lifestyle Choices

Finally, make sure where you choose to live matches your lifestyle. For instance, if you have pets, inquire if the community is pet friendly prior to visiting the property. There’s no point in touring if the community does match your lifestyle.

Choosing a retirement community that suits both your wants and needs takes time. Make a list of everything you must have and also things you’re flexible with. Doing so will save you time, money and help narrow down your search.

Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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