Choices of Retirement Homes

Retirement homes are living facilities that may comprise of one or several buildings where residents live, each with their own living spaces. They are usually structured like dormitories in that there are common social and dining areas within the homes. There are different types of retirement homes, which fall under different categories dependent upon the size of the facility and the services it has available.

Congregate Living Retirement Homes have individual living spaces together with communal areas for dining, fitness activities and social activities. These homes normally provide basic healthcare services to residents as well as community services and recreational activities. Independent Living Retirement Homes, as the name implies, offer residents independence while still giving them the security of belonging to a community. These types of homes have more open and larger living spaces for each resident. Some are arranged similar to condominiums or townhouses instead of traditional models.

For seniors/retirees who require a higher level of personal care, Assisted Living Retirement Homes are ideal. These homes provide intensive personal assistance to help residents with, for example, personal grooming, dressing or taking their medications. Optionally, Continuing Care Retirement Homes offer services designed to respond to the increasing needs of residents in terms of personal care and assistance. These homes will arrange for the necessary additional care whenever the need arises.

Seniors or retirees with demanding needs for both healthcare and personal care have the option to live in Nursing Care Retirement Homes, which offer continual care for their residents. There are also retirement homes for special needs such as Alzheimer’s Care Retirement Homes designed specifically for the care of patients with Alzheimer’s.

One factor in deciding on a retirement home is the cost. As expected, different types of homes have varying costs, which can range from US $20,000 to US $200,000 annually. The facility’s quality and its level of service as well as available amenities and staff all contribute to the cost. Naturally, a home a pool or a fitness gym will be more expensive than a home without such amenities. Likewise, retirement homes with greater service levels or homes with highly trained professionals will also cost more. Interested individuals may check with their private health insurance companies or look for programs that offer financial assistance.

In addition to cost and available services and amenities, those interested in a retirement home should also consider other factors such as the level of security and cleanliness in the home and other things that are suitable to personal needs.

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