Senior Living Options:
At Elder Living Advisors, Inc., we work with you and your family to determine those factors and the suitability of the facilities in which you’re interested.
You see, often times, people think their loved ones qualify for a certain level of care, when, in reality, they do not. Seniors move in, discover the community or assisted living resources cannot accommodate their needs, and they then must add costly supplemental services, or even move out, altogether. The long and tiresome senior living selection process begins all over again, causing frustration and stress for seniors and their families.
How We Help
Elder Living Advisors prevents that unwelcome scenario by conducting an extensive, personalized, objective questionnaire with you and your senior family members to determine their precise needs. Our company works with you, side-by-side, at no cost, until the end, to pair your aging family member or loved one with the right people, facilities, and high-quality care to ensure the perfect fit for life.
Your Senior Living Options
You can begin the journey by familiarizing yourself with the retirement housing options that are available on the South Shore and southeastern Massachusetts:
Independent living can refer to an apartment or condo within an active retiree community. In this setting, your parent will live in a residence with other seniors, often with no additional services other than property maintenance.
Independent residences in Life Plan Communities—also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) — offer meal plans, activities, and support services for seniors. They also offer access to higher levels of residential care, and enable your parent to move with as little disruption as possible should her medical needs change.
Rental communities for seniors also offer independent living, with a range of services and housing options that vary per community. These, too, offer a continuum of care in many cases.
- Ideal Senior: Independent living may be the ideal place for your mother or father if they have too much space to maintain, or are becoming isolated at home.
- Cost of independent living: The cost of your loved one’s residence will depend on the type of residence (Life Plan Community or rental) and the types of extra services they wish to purchase.
- Factors to Consider: Decide what recreational and wellness amenities your parent wants, and learn how the community can help them maintain their independent lifestyle.
Assisted living communities offer support with daily tasks, such as meals, personal care, housekeeping, and medication management. It can also encompass memory care for seniors with dementia or other cognitive impairments.
- Ideal Senior: Your loved ones might not need intense medical care, but you’ve noticed that they struggle to get dressed, cook, drive, or complete other daily tasks.
- Cost of Assisted Living: Assisted living typically covers monthly rent and services, as needed.
- Factors to Consider: If your senior loved one’s decline has been gradual, you may not have realized that they would benefit from assisted living. Watch for atypical behaviors—“Mom/Dad never misses lunch!”—or talk to a geriatric specialist to learn more.
Memory care residences provide support similar to assisted living communities, but also offer specialized staff, memory-based programming, and a secure environment.
- Ideal Senior: If your aging parent suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, the added security of a memory care unit can provide safety for her—and peace of mind for your family.
- Cost of Memory Care: Costs can vary significantly based upon the memory care center and specialty.
- Factors to Consider: Memory care in a community setting often can reduce the incidences of emergencies, violent behavior, and isolation in those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Nursing Home Care
A nursing home has a full-time staff of medical professionals to care for your parent or loved one.
- Ideal Senior: Someone who needs 24-hour medical care. If your loved one is very ill, extremely frail, or immobile, a nursing home facility is likely the safest option for them. Their physician or a geriatric specialist can help you assess their needs.
- Cost of Nursing Home Care: Nursing home care costs an average of $250 per day for a private room. If your parent qualifies for nursing home care but cannot afford it, Medicaid may be an option.
You can hire professionals to take care of your senior’s needs at home. This could be custodial care, such as housekeeping, meal preparation, or 24-hour medical care.
Ideal Senior: Seniors who prefer to stay home or live with a family member.
Cost of In-Home Care: The Genworth survey reports that most in-home services are roughly $28 an hour.