INDEPENDENT Living

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INDEPENDENT LIVING

With over 226 independent living facilities in the state of Florida, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide on which one is right for you or your loved one. Senior Living Selections in Sarasota, Florida will work directly with you to understand your needs, desires and budget to help narrow down the choices to what would fit you best.

Independent living is simply any housing arrangement designed exclusively for older adults, generally those aged 55 and over. Housing varies widely, from apartment-style living to freestanding homes. In general, the housing is friendlier to aging adults, often being more compact, with easier navigation and no maintenance or yard work to worry about.

While residents live independently, most communities offer amenities, activities, and services. Often, recreational centers or clubhouses are available on site to give you the opportunity to connect with peers and participate in community activities, such as arts and crafts, holiday gatherings, continuing education classes, or movie nights. Independent living facilities may also offer facilities such as a swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts, even a golf course or other clubs and interest groups. Other services offered may include onsite spas, beauty and barber salons, daily meals, and basic housekeeping and laundry services.

TYPES OF INDEPENDENT LIVING FACILITIES AND RETIREMENT HOMES

CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES (CCRCS)

If you or your spouse are relatively healthy now, but anticipate significant health problems down the line, you may want to consider a CCRC. These facilities offer a spectrum of care from independent living to nursing home care in the same community. If residents begin to need help with activities of daily living, for example, they can transfer from independent living to an assisted living or skilled nursing facility on the same site. The main benefit of a CCRC is that you only need to relocate once to a new environment and can maintain your independence for as long as possible.

LOW-INCOME OR SUBSIDIZED SENIOR HOUSING

In the U.S., for example, there are senior housing complexes subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for low-income seniors.

SENIOR APARTMENTS OR CONGREGATE CARE HOUSING

These are apartment complexes restricted by age, usually 55 or 62 and older. Rent may include community services such as recreational programs, transportation services, and meals served in a communal dining room.

RETIREMENT HOMES/RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

Retirement communities are groups of housing units restricted for those over a certain age, often 55 or 62. These housing units can be single-family homes, duplexes, mobile homes, townhouses, or condominiums. If you decide to buy a unit, additional monthly fees may cover services such as outside maintenance, recreation centers, or clubhouses.

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Assisted living

Assisted Living communities offer a safe, caring environment and medical support for individuals who are beginning to experience difficulties with activities of daily living. Assisted Living is an excellent, long-term option for seniors who need ongoing help with meals, laundry, getting dressed, finances and chores. Assistance with medication management and personal hygiene is also available.

Memory Care

Specialized memory care communities cater to those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Offering around-the-clock care, these facilities offer a safe and secure environment for residents to receive the attention they need. Many specialize in activities to help keep residents engage and stimulated.

Independent Living

Independent Living communities are ideal for someone who would appreciate having access to minor assistance when needed but does not need daily assistance. This is great option for active seniors who are looking for convenient access to dining, medical care, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, entertainment and more.

Respite/Adult Day Care

Are you a caregiver looking for support? Respite services may be the solution to help your loved one live in place. Respite services provide professional assistance with daily activities while family caregivers take vacations or manage other life events. Respite care can help ease the emotional and physical demands of caregiving.

In-Home Care

Senior home care allows seniors to receive certain types of care at home, rather than going to a nursing home or other facility. The type of care provided depends on the needs of each individual senior that helps them remain at home.

Nursing Homes

Skilled nursing homes provide 24-hour medical care. Staffed with in-house nurses, doctors and other medical practitioners, skilled nursing facilities provide a high level of assistance for those with medical conditions.