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If you thought that deciding whether or not to move to senior living was a big decision, now that you’re tasked with finding the right community you may feel even more overwhelmed. While the options and opportunities offered by today’s senior living communities are a wonderful benefit, sometimes so many choices are simply too much to take in. We can help you with an easier way to narrow your options and then to compare the communities in which you are most interested.
Start with a Step Back
Before jumping into all the services, features, and amenities available in senior living, first, take a step back and consider what prompted you to consider the move in the first place. Was it a health concern? Were you tired of the hassle of cooking, cleaning, and home upkeep? Were you looking for more opportunities to be social and stay active? Whether it was a combination of these, one of these reasons, or something different, you’ll be able to more easily prioritize what you or your loved one need in senior living by assessing the current situation at home through these ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.
Know Your Type
Now that you’ve answered the above questions, you’re ready to narrow your search by identifying the type of senior living that matches you or your loved one’s needs best. The types of senior living include:
Independent living (also known as Active Retirement) – A maintenance-free lifestyle for seniors who still live independently. Independent living provides home upkeep, housekeeping, personal laundry, and other amenities that in our communities include:
Assisted Living – This type of seniorliving is similar to independent living in terms of the maintenance-freelifestyle and the opportunities to be active, social, and engaged. In fact, theamenities you'll find in our assisted living are the same as those inindependent living above. However, the primary difference is that assistedliving also offers support with daily activities such as bathing, grooming, anddressing. We also have nurses and trained caregivers onsite 24/7.
Memory Care – Just for those withAlzheimer's disease or another type of dementia, this type of senior livingoffers 24-hour support in a secure, nurturing environment with speciallytrained staff. Our PEAK memory care program takes it a step further and isdesigned to engage residents where they are today while enhancing their overallwellness – mind, body, and spirit – with amenities that include:
Keep in mind that somecommunities, like ours, offer multiple types of senior living on the same campusfor added convenience and peace of mind.
Comparing SeniorLiving Communities
At this point you ideally have two to three senior livingcommunities in which you’d like to tour. Whether you’re touring in-person orvirtually, comparing the communities is much easier when you’re looking at thesame criteria and asking the same questions on each tour. These questions canhelp.
Accommodations and Campus
Lifestyle and Wellness
Staff and Care
For more information on seniorliving in a GenCare Lifestyle community, schedule a tour today, or reach out to one of ourteam members to answer any questions you may have!
We can help you navigate the process and find the perfect community for you or your loved one.